Young people meet with G8 Leaders
TOYAKO, JAPAN, 7 July 2008 – Young people from Group of 8 (G8) industrialized nations and from the developing world are meeting today with the G8 leaders in Toyako, Japan to present their recommendations as part of the Junior 8 (J8) Summit.
The J8 Summit, an initiative spear-headed by UNICEF, is an annual parallel event to the Group of 8 (G8) Summit where young people from around the world meet and discuss global issues, sharing their solutions with G8 leaders and the world community.
Nine young people – eight representing G8 countries and one from the developing world – will represent the thirty-nine J8 participants and will have the chance to voice their concerns directly to G8 leaders when they meet them face-to-face this evening. The recommendations, taking the form of the Chitose Declaration, revolve around three topics: climate change, poverty and development, and global health.
“The J8 delegates… believe that it is imperative for G8 leaders to listen to the voices of young people,’’ states the Chitose Declaration. “Together let’s turn young people’s ideas into actions, and not just words.”
Key recommendations from the declaration include:
The J8 participants are also supplementing their recommendations with an action plan and steps for follow-up.
Full copies of the Chitose Declaration are available at: http://www.j8summit.com/
J8 2008 Background:
Teams of four young people from each G8 country, as well as one young person from each world region make up the participants of this year’s summit. This year’s developing country delegates hail from Barbados, Cote D’Ivoire, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, and South Africa. This year’s J8 Summit is being held in Chitose City, Hokkaido, Japan from 1-10 July.
The young participants have been working in teams for the past few months, and now together in Chitose, to statements and recommendations to take to the G8 leaders today.
Junior 8 (J8) is the young people’s event linked to the G8 Summit and organized by UNICEF. J8 aims to advance young people’s understanding of global issues and to provide a platform for them to discuss and advocate on these issues with some of the most powerful leaders in the world.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.