Sri Lankan in WAGGGS Delegation to Rio+20
Priyanthi Rajapaksa from the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association, has been selected by the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) as a member of its delegation to the Earth Summit 2012 (Rio+20).
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development will be the last of three conferences to be held consecutively in Brazil’s capital Rio de Janeiro from June 20 – 22. It will be preceded by the Third Session of the Preparatory Committee Meeting from June 13 -15 and the ‘four thematic days’ proposed by the Government of Brazil from June 16 – 19.
Priyanthi who has been a Guide since 1969, is the Projects Executive of the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association. She is a well known figure in guiding circles having taken the lead role as Chairman of Projects from 1990-1996. She is also a member of the Asia Pacific Resource Pool for Training.
The twenty-four strong WAGGGS delegation to Rio+20 including Priyanthi will champion the work already being done by the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts worldwide for sustainable development.
WAGGGS’ Global Action Theme (GAT) is girls worldwide say, “Together we can change our world.” It affirms WAGGGS’ commitment to the most compelling global agenda of our times: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The WAGGGS initiative encourages girls, young women and members of all ages to make a personal commitment to change the world around them.
“I found the theme interesting and thought provoking,” says Priyanthi. “At present the Girl Guides Association is keenly working on the WAGGGS theme on Environmental issues.” She looks forward to gaining more insight from the Earth Summit 2012 to incorporate sustainable development concepts to projects implemented by the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association. END.
About the Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), with over 10 million members in over 140 countries is the largest voluntary organisation for girls and young women globally. Its mission is to enable girls and young women to develop to their fullest potential as responsible citizens of the world. The year 2010 marked 100 years since the start of the movement.
In Sri Lanka, the Movement has been empowering girls and young women for over 90 years. Its membership, which numbers over 35,000 in Sri Lanka, spans all 9 provinces. The Sri Lanka Girl Guides Association (SLGGA) is a non-governmental, non-religious organisation which is open to girls and women from all walks of life irrespective of caste, religion, and race.
More information: www. http://girlguidingsl.org/
Sri Lanka Girl Guides Assocation: Phone : +94-11-2695720.
About the Earth Summit 2012
On 20th - 22nd, June 2012, the UNCSD will take place in Rio de Janeiro. Also referred to as the Rio+20 or the Earth Summit 2012 due to the initial conference held in Rio in 1992, the objectives of the Summit are: to secure renewed political commitment to sustainable development; to assess progress towards internationally agreed goals on sustainable development and to address new and emerging challenges. The Summit will also focus on two specific themes: a green economy in the context of poverty eradication and sustainable development, and an institutional framework for sustainable development. The full text of Resolution A/RES/64/236, which endorsed the Summit is available here.
More Information: http://www.earthsummit2012.org/conference
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