Junior 8

We, the thirty-nine J8 delegates from Barbados, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, France, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Nepal, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America believe that it is imperative for G8 leaders to listen to the voices of young people.

Strong words. Heard words. Repeated words.

About a week back, 39 kids met up at Chitose, Japan to talk about Global Issues. Armed with Sony laptops, they presented to the world their views on how to solve problems. The above quote, is from the deceleration that followed.

The Summit, spearheaded by UNICEF, is an annual event parallel to the Group of 8 ( G8 ) Summit where young people from around the world meet and discuss global issues, share their solutions with G8 leaders and the world community.

They spoke about Climate Change, Poverty in Africa and HIV. The full deceleration can be read here. The kids didn’t have posh dinners like their older counterparts did. 😉

For more information about the J8 summit, videos and other media please visit the Unicef website.


Posted on 07/13/2008, in Events-Activities-Announcements, Youth-Culture-Society and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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