J8 meets G8, ask leaders to get tough on climate change defaulters

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L'AQUILA, July 9 (ANI): Fourteen young people from countries attending the G8 today called on their respective leaders to get tough with countries who don't meet climate change targets and teachers whose standards slip.

At the meeting, the J8 representatives presented these recommendations and others for the 14 leaders attending the G8.

The young people were chosen by their peers to represent the UNICEF Junior 8 (J8). One young person represented each of the G8 countries and non-G8 countries invited to L'Aquila - Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Mexico and South Africa. In all there were 54 young delegates aged 14 to 17.

The young people told the leaders they want high quality post- primary education for all children and a safe trip to school.

'If I could ask the world's leaders to prioritize one thing to help children, it would be education," said Sanjukta Pangi, 16. "I had to struggle to go to school. If I hadn't convinced my father to let me continue going to school I would not be at the J8."

Leaders were told to invest more in renewable energy and collectively sign a meaningful Copenhagen agreement that emphasizes participation of young people in climate change action.

To help address the issue of development in Africa, they proposed a specific 'End Poverty Bond' to underwrite new businesses.he young people expressed great concern about the impact of the financial crisis on their lives.

'We did not create this crisis, but it will affect us the most and we resent it. We hope the leaders will listen to what we said and act now," said Emmanuella Louidsor, 17. (ANI)

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