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UNICEF to hold C8 children’s summit

What:  UNICEF’s first ever C8 'children’s summit', a unique event giving children and young people from all over the world an opportunity to have their voices heard and draw up a manifesto about the issues that they think the G8 leaders should address. www.unicef.org.uk/c8

When:  3rd to 5th July 2005

Where: Hilton Dunblane Hydro, Perth Road, Dunblane, FK15 0HG, Scotland

Who: The C8 involves young people between eleven and eighteen years of age, from eight of the world’s poorest countries - Bhutan, Cambodia, Moldova, Yemen, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Lesotho and Bolivia. They will be joined by young people from the G8 countries Russia, France, Italy, Germany and the UK to debate, discuss and firmly place young people’s opinions and recommendations on the agenda of the G8 leaders.

Why: The decisions made by the G8 leaders will directly affect children’s lives all over the world.  UNICEF, as the global champion for children’s rights, believes children and young people should have the opportunity to inform and influence decisions that will affect their lives. The C8 offers a meaningful opportunity for the participating young people from all over the world to have their opinions and voices heard by G8 leaders and the rest of the world. Children have a unique perspective and direct experience of issues like poverty, education and HIV/AIDS. The C8 will provide a platform for participants to share ideas and perspectives on issues which have enduring effects on their lives and the lives of children all over the world.

Media Timetable

  • 30th - 31st June – selection of young people in London available for interview pre-C8
  • 3rd July 2005 – Ewan McGregor and Nicola Benedetti launch C8 summit in Dunblane
  • 5th July 2005  - Make Poverty History children’s event at C8 in Dunblane, Scotland  - including announcement of C8 recommendations for leaders
  • 6th July 2005 – young people to attend the Murrayfields event in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 7/8th July 2005 – young people available for interview in Edinburgh, Scotland

For more information, please contact:

For UK Media:  Sarah Epstein, 0207 312 7606, 07766 052 658, sarahe@unicef.org.uk

For international media in UK: Gina Dafalia, 0207 312 7695, 07958 058106, ginad@unicef.org.uk




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