Mirroring the G8 Summit, which will start on 6 June, the J8 is aimed at empowering young people to take part and voice their opinions in global affairs.
In preparation for their meeting with G8 leaders, the young people will spend a week debating four key issues:
Prospects for economic development in Africa
HIV and AIDS
Climate change and energy efficiency
New global challenges – among them intellectual property rights and corporate social responsibility.
J8 representatives will also hold a press conference with UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Sir Roger Moore.Listening to the voices of youth
“Issues being discussed at the G8 directly impact on the lives of children and young people,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. “UNICEF applauds the G8 for taking the time to listen to the voices of youth. And we congratulate the J8 participants for giving serious thought to the kind of world they wish to inherit.”
The Junior 8 Summit is a joint initiative sponsored by UNICEF and the Morgan Stanley International Foundation. J8 participants include teams of eight young people aged 13-17 from each of the G8 member countries: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and USA.
In addition, UNICEF has selected 10 delegates from developing countries: Algeria, Brazil, Cameroon, Central African Republic, China, Ethiopia, India, Moldova, Sierra Leone and Tanzania.
- Visit the website for the J8
- UNICEF: Young people from around the world unite for 2007 Junior 8 Summit
- Video profiles of J8 participants from Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Moldova, Russia, Sierra Leone and Tanzania portraying participants "back home"
- JUNIOR 8: Young People Share Their Views with G8 Leaders (July 2006)
- Visit the Voices of Youth site and have your say
- BBC – Q & A: What is the G8?
- Civil Society: Recommendations Presented at Civil G8 2006 (July 2006)