16-year old Russian boy to meet the world leaders at the G8 in Germany
Wismar (Germany), June 6, 2007 - Gleb Nikitin (16) from Pskov will represent the youth of the Russian Federation when the J8 meet the G8 tomorrow in Germany.
Gleb was selected by the Russian Junior 8 team for the high-level meeting on Thursday in Heiligendamm. Together with eight other teenagers he will meet the Presidents and Prime Ministers of Russia, Germany, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Italy, France and Japan.
The Russian boy and his peers will present their four-page "Wismar Declaration", a document they drafted and finalized in a strenuous process over the last four days, to the world leaders, calling for action on issues concerning their future. A total of 74 teenagers from the G8 countries and developing countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe has been working together to prepare the selected group for the meeting in Heiligendamm which is part of the official G8 meeting 2007.
16-year old Gleb Nikitin is a 10th grade student at the Lyceum of the Humanities in Pskov. His hobbies are snowboarding and making music. Gleb plays the saxophone. According to the Russian Junior 8 website, his dream is "to become the Mayor of Pskov".
After being selected by his Russian peers, Gleb said: "I am excited to go to the G8 meeting because I will have a chance to present the opinions of the young people on extremely important issues of today's world. I will tell my President that I am proud to represent the Russian Federation at such an important meeting. My questions to Mr Putin will be whether or not the Russian government is doing enough to fight HIV/AIDS."
The meeting with the G8 leaders starts at 12 noon on June 7, 2007 and will last for approximately 45 minutes. It will be followed by a press conference of the Junior 8 delegates at the G8 press center in Kühlungsborn near the G8 venue Heiligendamm in Germany.
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