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Children gather in Lyon to call for sustainable development

• Ten children from Burkina Faso, China, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Laos, Malawi, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Philippines, Tajikistan;
• Young scientists from 30 countries including China, Egypt, Jordan, South Africa;
• Participants in BioVision 2007, including Nobel Laureates Prof. Werner Arber, (Medicine) Prof. Peter Doherty (Medicine), and United Nations officials such as Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director-General; Kul C. Gautam, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director; (Peace,1965) and Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University.

When and Where: 
• 7-10 March: Children and young scientists meet for the UNICEF-Biovision Children’s Forum, CEFAM, 47, Rue Sergent Michel Berthet;
• 11-14 March BioVision World Life Sciences Forum, Palais des Congres, Lyon;
• 12 March, 15:30: Tree planting at Palais des Congress with children, Mayor of Lyon, Kul Gautam, Biovision Chairman Philippe Desmarescaux; 
• 14 March:
o 08:30 to 09:00: Representatives from the Children’s Forum present lessons learned and recommendations to Biovision 2007;
o 14:30 to 17:30: Final session of Children’s Forum and presentation of the children’s Call to Action announcement.

The BioVision World Life Sciences Forum is a biennial event that brings together prominent scientists, including Nobel laureates and other leaders to address vital life science issues facing our world today.  This year, the BioVision World Life Sciences Forum will focus on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals – time-bound goals for human development.  UNICEF is supporting the participation of children who are already achieving results in their own countries.  Each one has a remarkable story, such as the boy from China who won the Stockholm Junior Water prize or the girl from Kenya who is a leading advocate for the elimination of female genital cutting.

The UNICEF-BioVision Children’s Forum that precedes BioVision 2007 will give children and young people a platform for their views to be heard by policy makers, members of governments, decision-makers, researchers, the private sector, scientists and professionals, civil society, NGOs and media, to foster open debate.

The highlight of the programme will be the presentation of the children’s Call to Action to the plenary session of BioVision 2007 on 14 March. 

For interviews with the children and to attend any of the children’s events, please contact:

Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media, Cell in France:  001 917 378 2128 or blackberry:  kdonovan@unicef.org
Attention broadcasters:  Video news stories with interviews with the children and highlighting the proceedings will be available on www.thenewsmarket.com/unicef




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