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J8 Meets G8 as young people from around the world unite for 2008 Summit

Special footage and live coverage available

Thirty-nine young people – four from each of the G8 countries and one from each of the UNICEF regions in the developing world – will gather for the Junior 8 - an international youth conference that parallels the G8 Summit in July. One child each will be coming from:  Barbados, Cote d'Ivoire, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal and South Africa.

Young participants will bring their unique perspectives to three main themes: Climate change; Poverty and Development (with a focus on Africa) and lastly, Global Health as it affects the survival of children, and HIV and AIDS.

The J8 is being held in Chitose, Hokkaido, Japan

1 – 10 July 2008

Major event details:

  •  June 25  (TBC)  – Press conference with Japanese youth delegation and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for Japan Agnes Chan at the Foreign Correspondents’  Club of Japan
  • 2 July  -  J8 Opening Ceremony (Lake Shikotsu area, Chitose, Hokkaido)
  • 7 July – Young people meet G8 leaders (pool video available) and present the Chitose Declaration (Lake Toya area, Hokkaido)

UNICEF believes that by children's voices add substance and legitimacy to the global issues the G8 deals with. By strengthening the voice of children and young people and their ability to influence decisions at the G8 level, The J8 programme seeks also to foster a global youth movement around G8 issues.

Attention Broadcasters:

Video profiles of J8 participants and portraying participants "back home" will be available on www.thenewsmarket.com/unicef.  Daily VNS will also be filed on the same web site.

The meeting between J8 participants and G8 leaders will be available through the host broadcaster (NHK)

Accreditation:  Accreditation will be required ONLY for official G8 events (e.g. Meetings with G8 leaders on 7 July).

For other J8 events, send your contact details to:

J8 2008 Secretariat – Media
Information & Public Affairs
Japan Committee for UNICEF

Fax: +81-3-5789-2036 E-mail: jcuinfo@unicef.or.jp
Media desk will be set up at J8 site for on-site legislation.

About J8
Junior 8 (J8) is the youth event linked to the G8 Summit and organized by G8 host country and 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.

For more information or to arrange interviews with the participants, please contact:

Kate Donovan,  UNICEF Media Section 
Tel:  + 1-212-326-7452 E-mail: kdonovan@unicef.org

Michiko Nagashima-Hayashi, UNICEF Tokyo
Tel:  +81-3-5467-4431 E-mail: tokyo@unicef.org

Hiromasa Nakai, Information & Public Affairs, Japan Commitee for UNICEF
Tel:  + 81-3-5789-2016 E-mail: jcuinfo@unicef.or.jp




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