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일본에서 열린 J8 주니어 회담

2008.07.11



* UNICEF: J8 Summit opens in Japan
* 시간: 02 min 20 secs
* 02 Jul 2008



In Hokkaido, young people are making themselves heard on a world stage. To the accompaniment of traditional Japanese drums, the J8 Summit has opened on this northern Japanese island.


With an agenda that closely parallels that of the G8, the young people assembled here will be tackling issues seen as crucial to children throughout the world.


“You will therefore have the responsibility to represent the voices and experiences of many more children from your own countries…” said Ms. Anupama Rao Singh, Regional Director of UNICEF’s South Asia region, during the opening ceremony.


Hosted by the Japanese government, this summit draws not only representatives carefully selected by UNICEF from the G8 nations, but also from developing countries who want their views heard.


One of those non-G8 delegates, Ishkhan Buyklianov from the Kyrgyz Republic, said, “I want to say (what) is happening in my country. About the poverty in my country, about climate change in my country.”


After the getting-to-know-you sessions, the 39 delegates have begun tackling three key areas of climate change, child survival and infectious diseases – including HIV/AIDS - as well as poverty and development.


“And it’s not so much of a negative thing to say, y’know, what we’ve done wrong in the world, but it’smore to say how we can improve it, and the positive feedback we can give,” said Canadian delegate, Khalil Kassam.


The goal is to produce a declaration that they will then submit, in a special meeting with the G8 leaders themselves.


UK delegate, Hannah Coakley, said “We bring on board a different element, something new that they haven’t necessarily thought about. So it’s that originality that I think they’re looking for and I think it’s really important that they do listen to us.”


South African delegate, Nondumiso Nkosi added, “We will have a chance to get our voice heard by the G8 leaders, and what I hope is action taken by the G8 leaders to help us youth, where we can reach.”


As the G8 leaders prepare to head for Hokkaido, tomorrow’s leaders are already here, working on a few suggested solutions of their own.
As they danced with local children at the opening ceremony, it was clear that although drawn from very different parts of the world, they have quickly found themselves very much in step with each other.


This is Rob McBride reporting from Hokkaido for UNICEF television.
Unite for Children.

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