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|Youth activists from UNICEF-Childnet read an appeal at the recent AIDS Forum in Yokohama.|
By Noriko Watanabe
YOKOHAMA, Japan, 24 August 2006 – UNICEF youth activists issued an appeal at the AIDS Forum in Yokohama, an annual event promoting public awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention.
The activists, numbering about a dozen, are members of UNICEF-Childnet, a programme sponsored by UNICEF Japan that is aimed at raising awareness of global issues among youth.
Over 80 other children made their own appeal, following three AIDS seminars held at UNICEF House in Tokyo. The goal of the seminars, which were organized and managed by the youth activists and participants, was to develop recommendations on how to fight the AIDS pandemic.
At the Yokohama forum, which was held earlier this month, Childnet activists also prepared fliers and posters, and used a multimedia presentation, to explain the problem of AIDS to the audience. At the end of the forum, they presented the following appeals both to adults and to other children:
Appeal to adults to fight AIDS
Appeal to children: How we can make a difference