Polish president supports bid to host Scouting Jamboree
PR dla Zagranicy
Polish President Andrzej Duda has said that the country’s top authorities support the northern city of Gdańsk in its bid to organize the World Scouting Jamboree in 2023.
Andrzej Duda. Photo: Flickr.com/Piotr Drabik
The other city in the race to host the event is Saemangeum in South Korea. A decision is to be taken at the World Scouting Conference in Azerbaijan in August 2017.
In a video recording posted on the presidential office’s website, in Polish and English, Duda says Poland wants to “welcome scouts from all over the world in Gdańsk, the birthplace of Solidarity, which brought freedom to the Polish people and expressed in a unique way the spirit of community, so important also for scouting.”
Duda chairs the Polish honorary committee for the organization of the 2023 Jamboree in Gdańsk. The idea to host the event in Poland was given preliminary support by the Polish government in May 2014.
It is expected that the 25th World Scouting Jamboree in 2023 will attract some 40,000 scouts from over 160 countries.
The first jamboree was held in 1920 in London. The last one was in Japan last year. In 2019 it will be held in the United States. Poland has never hosted the event. (mk/pk)