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What is the Junior 8 Summit?

The Junior 8 Summit is a joint project of UNICEF, Morgan Stanley and the country with the presidency of the G8. The Junior 8 is a children and young people's version of the G8 meeting and takes place parallel to the G8 Summit.

The G8 stands for the 'Group of Eight' nations - considered to comprise some of the wealthiest and most influential nations in the world. The  G8 member states are: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The J8 brings together young people from G8 and developing countries to debate, discuss and firmly place their views on the agenda of the G8 leaders. This gives them an opportunity to have their voices heard by the G8 leaders and an international public. The Junior 8 is not only an opportunity for young people to discuss, but to act and to influence.

In 2005, UNICEF and Morgan Stanley convened the first ever G8 youth events, the C8 Children's Forum and the J8 Summit 2005. The C8 and the J8 took place alongside the G8 meeting to give young people a chance to debate the issues being discussed by the G8 and come up with recommendations for the G8 leaders.

At the Junior 8 Summit 2006, for the first time in the history of the G8, children and young people had the chance to share their views directly with the world's leaders and influence the outcome of their deliberations.

The Junior 8 has now become a fully international programme involving young people from the G8 countries and from other regions and countries that are directly affected by the discussions of the G8 leaders.





J8 2007 Related links

G8 Summit 2007
Heiligendamm Germany

J8 Summit 2007

Join the Forum!
Discuss ideas on global issues with young people from around the world in the J8 Forum
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J8 Russia website

Photo essay

Junior 8 Summit - St. Petersburg, Russia - 2006
Impressions from the Junior 8 Summit in St. Petersburg where young people met with the leaders of the G8 nations to voice their opinions on the future of the world.
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