S. Munkhjin: “I was proud to represent the children and youth of Mongolia at Junior 8 Summit in Japan”
Thirty nine young people from Group of 8 (G8) industrialized nations and from the developing world
met with the G8 leaders and presented their recommendations as the result of the Junior 8 (J8)
Summit, held from 1-10 July in Chitose City, Hokkaido, Japan.
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 recommendations with G8 leaders and the world community.
The J8 team of young people represented each of the G8 countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy,
Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States. The delegates from
Mongolia, Barbados, Cote d’Ivoire, Iraq, Kyrgyz Republic, Nepal and South Africa represented non-
G8 countries. S. Munkhjin, a 17 year-old girl, a member of the Mongolian Pupil’s Association, was
representing Mongolia and the region, for the first time at Junior 8 Summit.
After a week of negotiations over climate change, global health, and poverty and development, the
young delegates from 15 countries around the world adopted the ‘Chitose Declaration with the
recommendations for the leaders of the G8 Summit. At the same time, delegates agreed on first ever
action plan to follow up the implementation of the Chitose Declaration in their home countries.
“I will never forget my participation in the Summit as it was an eye-opening experience for me to
meet young people from different countries and share our ideas on the global development”, she said,
after returning home. “I learned so much from all these different people from around the world and
made so many friends”, shares her experiences S. Munkhjin.
“We’re all unique and when we are together we can make a real difference. I will try my best to
share J8 participants’ ideas and recommendations to Mongolian children and youth. At the same time,
I will promote Mongolian’s youth views and recommendations, discussions to J8 community through
my workspace that is created on the internet”, the Mongolian child-delegate noted.
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.