January 29, 2008 08:45 ET

Youth Invited to Apply for UNICEF's Junior 8 Summit in Japan

Youth to Tackle Tough Issues with World's Most Powerful Leaders During G8 Summit

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2008) - High school students across the country are invited to join in the competition for the opportunity to travel to this year's G8 Summit in Japan and have their voices heard on the world stage as part of the UNICEF Junior 8 Summit.

"The UNICEF Junior 8 Summit gives today's youth a much-needed voice on the global policy stage and on issues that will affect their immediate and long-term future," said Nigel Fisher, President & CEO, UNICEF Canada. "For a generation of young people who face global challenges, including AIDS and climate change, the UNICEF Junior 8 Summit provides an opportunity for youth to discuss these very important topics and to present their recommendations to G8 leaders."

The UNICEF Junior 8 Summit is an official youth event of the G8 Summit, scheduled for July 2-9 in Chitose, Japan. Jointly organized by the G8 presidency and UNICEF, the Junior 8 Summit aims to advance young people's understanding of global issues and provides a platform for them to discuss these issues and advocate solutions to some of the world's most powerful leaders.

The Junior 8 Summit is a meeting of teams of four young people from every G8 country, together with their peers from developing countries. The teams discuss topics of global relevance, such as climate change, the world economy, social and econimc development in Africa and Asia, and nuclear non-proliferation. Youth participants will produce a joint communique to the eight world leaders in response to the items on the G8 agenda. Participants will also be able to take part in local events, organized by Japanese youth.

The contest is open for all Canadian high school students, aged 13-17. To enter, students must organize teams of four within their schools - comprised of both boys and girls - and prepare a written entry for UNICEF Canada. Entries must also demonstrate how the group has taken school or community action on social justice issues related to the G8 agenda. Entries should be solution-oriented and propose clearly communicated, feasible ideas.

The winning team to represent Canada will travel to Japan and meet with teams from France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the UK and the USA.

To learn more or to enter the competition, visit www.unicef.ca/junior8summit.
Entry forms must be submitted before March 30, 2008.


UNICEF is the world's leader for children, working in 156 countries and territories to save, protect and enhance the lives of girls and boys. UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, promotes quality basic education, protects children from violence, exploitation and AIDS, and is the world's largest provider of vaccines for developing nations. A global leader in emergencies with six decades of on-the-ground experience, UNICEF saves and rebuilds children's lives in natural disasters and conflict. UNICEF is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from individuals, businesses, foundations, schools, associations and governments.

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