2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

2017 has been declared by the UN to be the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

While tourism often brings needed money to regions the needs of the tourists are not always aligned with the needs of local people.

There are five key areas they are hoping to draw focus too:

  1. Inclusive and sustainable economic growth
  2. Social inclusiveness, employment and poverty reduction
  3. Resource efficiency, environmental protection and climate change
  4. Cultural values, diversity and heritage
  5. Mutual understanding, peace and security

We often talk to our girls about travel and life in other countries.  Why not ask the girls what they think it would be like to have lots of tourists coming to their town, taking photos of their homes etc?  What can we do when we travel to ensure that the next generation of travelers can also see what we get to see today?


WAGGGS/UN Ocean Challenge

The WAGGGS/UN Ocean Challenge is a challenge developed jointly between WAGGGS and YUNGA to help youth around the world discover the oceans that cover 70 percent of our world.

All the activities are identified as being suitable for one of three age ranges 5-10, 11-15 or 16+.  The challenge is divided into five parts:

  • Ocean in Motion
  • The Ocean is Life
  • People and the Ocean
  • The Ocean at Risk
  • Take Action

For each section the girls must complete one of the first two challenges and at least one other.  Like the other UN challenges this challenge is a extensive 175 page pdf with lots of graphics, data and information to help you complete the challenge with your unit.

The crests are available from the WAGGGS shop.

WAGGGS/UN Biodiversity Challenge

The WAGGGS/UN Biodiversity challenge is another WAGGGS/UN challenge.  The booklet contains 74 pages packed with activities.  The activities in this pack look more accessible for Sparks then some of the other WAGGGS challenges at the youngest age range starts at 5.

The challenge is divided into four sections

  • Our Air
  • Our Water
  • Our Land
  • Our World


Badges are available from the WAGGGS shop.

WAGGGS Climate Change Challenge

This is a topical challenge with the recent completion of the Paris Climate talks.

The WAGGGS Climate Change Challenge is a 164 page booklet divided into five sections

  1. Climate is Life
  2. Causes of Climate Change
  3. Impacts of Climate Change
  4. Solutions to Climate Change
  5. Take Action

This challenge was created by WAGGGS in co-operation with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the Youth and UN Global Alliance (YUNGA)

The badges are available from the WAGGGS shop.

The Right to Food

The Right to Food: A Window on the World is a series of comic books created by WAGGGS and the UN and illustrated by kids.  Each story highlights food access issues in a different country.  Each story ends with a “What do you think” page, which encourages girls to discuss the story.  It might be interesting to give each patrol a different story and ask them to come back to the unit and report what they learned.

Comic Book

Activity Guide

WAGGGS/UN Forest Badge

This is another of the UN Youth Group badges.  This one focuses on the importance of forests.  It includes a large (150 pages) packet of information and activities divided into five sections: Forest Life, Forests in Use, Forests in Culture, Forests at Risk and Take Action.  And even if you don’t do the whole challenge it is worth looking at if you are planning to do the Forestry badge.




Crests (sold in 10 packs) are available from the WAGGGS store.