J8 participants present their recommendations to G8 leaders
On July 9, 2009, fourteen young people - representatives of the youth delegations at the Junior8 Summit - met the world leaders at the G8 Summit in L'Acquila. The Russian delegation was represented by 17-year-old Anzhelika Isaeva, a high-school graduate from the City of Sochi.
Following a welcoming address given to the young delegates by Italy's Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, a representative of the Italian delegation, taking advantage of her right as the hostess of the youth forum, voiced the main provisions of the Junior 8-2009 Final Declaration. They focused on the following recommendations: the need for the promotion and implementation of renewable energy resources; proposals concerning the provision of a facilitated access to free medication for infectious diseases (particularly, for those who live in developing countries); promotion of measures to support the expansion of trade in ecologically safe products and goods; special focus on the inadmissibility of inadequate attention to child rights in times of financial crisis and the significance of development of Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Italian Prime Minister spoke highly about the work performed by the young diplomats and particularly noted the information intensity and capacity of the submitted final document. When the official part of the meeting was over, the young delegates had an opportunity to communicate directly and in an informal way with their respective country leaders. The same opportunity will be offered to the national youth teams on the 10th of July, when they are scheduled to meet with the G8 leaders.
Besides, on July 9, the remaining 40 J8 participants had a one-hour meeting with the Chair of the Italian Chamber of Deputies and other prominent parliamentarians. During the meeting, the young delegates also presented their recommendations included in the Final Declaration and exchanged their views and opinions with the members of the Italian Parliament on measures that the parliamentarians of the developed countries could and should take to ensure child rights implementation in the context of the current global economic crisis.
On 10-12 July, a J8 summing-up session is scheduled to take place followed by the Evening of Cultures, when each national team is expected to make a creative presentation of their home country culture, as well as a planning session to map out steps aimed to facilitate further interaction among the J8 participants and address the most pressing problems facing the world today.
The Russian youth team will return to Moscow on July 13, 2009.
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