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2007.06.11
* Junior 8 delegates present youth perspectives to G8 world leaders * 4-6 June 20 As they prepared for a face-to-face meeting with the G8 leaders, a group of young people from around the world worked hard to articulate exactly how they would make the world a better place to live. The 74 young people are gathered in Wismar, Germany, for the Junior 8 Youth Summit, which is sponsored by UNICEF and the Morgan Stanley International Foundation. They represent the G8 industrialized nations, as well as a handful of countries in the developing world. Nine of them, including a boy from Tanzania, were given a rare opportunity Thursday to meet with the G8 leaders. The children have been putting together a declaration involving economic development in Africa, climate change, energy efficiency and HIV/AIDS – the same issues on the G8 Summit agenda. One dramatic moment for the young people was hearing first hand from a young South African woman who contracted HIV as a teenager. SOUNDBITE (English) – Thembi Ngubane, HIV/AIDS activist: "I talk because I'm also a mother. I have a two-year-old daughter who is HIV-negative. I took the responsibility to make sure that my baby was fine. I accepted the fact that I do have the virus, but my life is going to go on." They also met Ishmael Beah, the author of A Long Way Home, Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. Beah read about the horror of being forced into war at the age of 13. SOUNDBITE (English) Ishmael Beah, former child soldier: "I wanted to move away from what I was seeing but couldn't. My feet went numb and my entire body froze. Later, we learned that the man had tried to escape with his family and the rebels had shot at his vehicle, killing all his family." German Chancellor Angela Merkel hosted the children in Berlin. After their meeting, the young people held a press conference with former James Bond actor Sir Roger Moore, a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. Back at the Junior 8 Summit, the children put the finishing touches on their questions and recommendations for the G8 leaders. Finally, the day of their meeting was at hand. A helicopter arrived to carry them to one of the biggest events of their young lives. In Wismar, Germany, this is Thomas Nybo reporting for UNICEF Television. Unite for children.
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