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World’s children to be given voice at G8 Summit

Russian Government hosting first ever ‘Junior 8’ in partnership with UNICEF

What:  For the first time in the history of the G8 children will get the chance to share their views directly with the world’s leaders and influence the outcome of their deliberations.  Children from G8 member countries will attend an official working meeting of this year’s G8 summit, hosted by the Russian Federation Government, to discuss HIV/AIDS, Education, Tolerance and Energy.  The children will also consider other issues they think should be prioritized and draw up recommendations, which they will present to the G8 leadership.

Where: The Management Training Centre, Academy of Additional Professional Training in Pushkin, near St. Petersburg, Russia.

When:  7-18 July.  Gathering before the world leaders convene their meeting, the Junior 8 will continue through the G8 summit, allowing children to exchange ideas before they issue their final communiqué to the leaders.  There will be press availabilities with participating children throughout the event. 

Key media moments will include:
• July 10: Opening press conference.
• July 16: A meeting between 8 children representing the Junior 8 and the G8 leaders.

Who:  The participants include children aged 13-17 from each of the G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK and USA).  Children from G7 countries were selected through an essay competition organized by the Morgan Stanley International Foundation, with additional children selected by UNICEF.  Russia’s participants won their places through a televised competition.  Children from non-G8 countries will also participate via video link.

Why:  The decisions concerning global issues taken by the leaders of the world’s major industrialized nations will have a huge impact on children’s lives throughout the world.  Children have a unique perspective on all the issues under consideration and will have to live with the decisions made by today’s leaders, so it is vital that those leaders take the views of children into account.

For more information and accreditation, please contact:
Oliver Phillips, UNICEF NY, 917 861 0331, ophillips@unicef.org
John Brittain, UNICEF, Russia, (7 495) 937 4812, jbrittain@unicef.org




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