June 4, 2007

NEWS: J8 Summit opens in Germany

J8 Summit opens in Germany

By Gerrit Beger

WISMAR, Germany, 3 June 2007 – Young people from Group of 8 industrialized countries and the developing world, as well as German federal and state government officials, have gathered here for the official opening of the Junior 8 Summit – the international youth conference with an agenda that parallels the G8 Summit.

The opening ceremony was bustling with energy, as the J8 participants made a commitment to maximize the impact of the youth summit and urge that G8 leaders keep their promises on a range of key issues. The session was moderated by three young people from Russia, Germany and Japan.

The main speaker, German Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, said how impressed she was to see the youth participants from all parts of the world.

"We are all talking about globalization, but what we really need is a human globalization – the coming together of all human beings," she said. "You are the ones that can help make this happen."

Interaction with world leaders

The J8 Summit, a joint initiative sponsored and spearheaded by UNICEF and the Morgan-Stanley International Foundation, aims to amplify the voice of children and young people, enhancing their ability to influence decisions at the G8 meeting, which begins on Wednesday.

In addition to providing direct interaction with world leaders at the G8, the J8 empowers young people to discuss global issues affecting youth and advocate for urgent solutions and actions by G8 leaders.

FULL ARTICLE AND VIDEO AT http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/germany_39899.html

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