The 12th World Scout Congress was held at the world’s longest breakwater, Samgeum, in North Jeolla Province, about 180 km south of Seoul, South Korea.
The Congress gathered 43,000 youth from 152 countries on what appeared to be an international playground, but it received much criticism because of mistakes in the government’s preparation and management. Korea.
Ignore weather warnings
Although the Korean government has had 6 years to prepare, the 2023 Congress has become the center of criticism not only from the Korean media but also internationally.
according to the daily newspaper soulHigh temperature and rainfall warnings were issued during the 2016–2018 congressional planning period.
However, South Korean officials ignored the warnings, kept the original event as planned, and did not prepare a plan to deal with the severe weather conditions.
Due to this negligence, 700 scouts fell ill with heat stroke, hundreds were bitten by insects, poor living conditions and lack of sanitation.
Daily News soul He also said that the Congress volunteers were extremely upset when the North Jeolla provincial government asked them to pay for their food while they were working hard under the hot sun.
The Korean online community was also surprised by the image of a lunch box at the congress, which cost 12,000 won (over 9 USD), but the quality was conveniently comparable to the popular lunch box priced at 4,500 won (over 3 USD). store..
Not only that, the Yonhap news agency also reported that the tents used by the scouts at the conference did not have an outdoor roof. This has been highly controversial as Korea is experiencing the hottest days ever.
Who should be responsible?
In the face of a series of criticisms, the Korean government announced that it would launch a comprehensive investigation, while the 2023 Scout Congress was decided to end early on 8 August instead of the due date of 12 August.
Notably, the ruling National Power Party (PPP) and opposition parties will hold a plenary session on August 25, asking the Ministry of Gender Equality and the Family to explain the issues in the above program.
Leaders of the Ministry of Administration and Security and the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism – members of the Board of Presidents of the Event Organizing Committee – should also participate in the explanation.
The North Jeolla Provincial Government in general and Mr. Kim Gwan Young, the provincial leader, also had to elaborate on the above incidents.
Democratic Party lawmakers even demanded that South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol personally make a public apology, as well as for Public Administration and Security Minister Lee Sang Min to take full responsibility for the events leading up to the failure to hold the congress. Say
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