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UNICEF: J8 Representatives Present Proposals on Climate Change, Poverty and Development, and Global Health to G8 Leaders

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July 2008: Nine young people representing the participants in the “Junior 8” (J8)

Summit, held in Chitose City, Hokkaido, Japan, from 2-9 July 2008, presented

their proposals for global development to the leaders of the Group of Eight Industrialized

Countries (G8), in an initiative led by the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Their

proposals, which focused on the topics of climate change, poverty and

development, and global health, included recommendations to establish an

international organization to evaluate products based on ‘green indexes' such

as energy efficiency, waste management, packaging and product composition, and

for the G8 leaders to sign a declaration prohibiting the provision of aid that

is motivated toward political gain rather than the common good. The 2008 summit

marks the fourth Junior 8 summit held in parallel to the G8 summit of world

leaders. [UN

Press Release] [The J8 Summit]