Wednesday 18 March 2009

Japanese Youth at the G20 Summit 
Meeting with world leaders at the April summit in London 

The British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural relations has provided Nozomi Nakajima, an 18 year old Japanese student from Kobe, with the opportunity to come face to face with the world’s leaders at the G20 Summit to be held in London, United Kingdom on 1-2 April 2009.

As part of the British Council’s pioneering Global Changemakers initiative, Nozomi will represent the voice of her generation on the 1st and 2nd of April when she will meet G20 leaders and discuss the implication of the current financial crisis globally and in their home countries. It is the first time for youth to give their recommendations at the G20.  

In the week preceding the London Summit, Nozomi will meet with the other Changemakers from the participating G20 nations in Greenwich, UK, for 4 days of intensive workshops with financial experts and policymakers to shape the recommendations they make to the G20 leaders.  

The Global Changemakers are a select group of youth (between the ages of 16 and 25) who have demonstrated a significant track record of achievement in their local communities through social entrepreneurship, community activism, and voluntary work. Nozomi was designated one of Japan’s Global Changemakers in 2007 due to her activities in local community service and projects organized by the United Nations.

Interviews with Nozomi (photo above right) can be arranged during her stay in the UK.  


Global Changemakers – A Brief History 
Founded at the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2007, Global Changemakers have partnered with and participated in World Economic Forum events (in Davos, Sharm el Sheikh, and Cape Town), as well as the Clinton Global Initiative, and Global Humanitarian Forum. Individual supporters include HMQ Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, President Bill Clinton, and the actress Emma Thompson. The Rt Honourable Gordon Brown serves as Patron of Global Changemakers. 

Global Changemakers – Forthcoming Activities 
Soon, the British Council will begin its search for Japan’s next Global Changemaker. The chosen one will go to the United Kingdom in November of this year to take part in discussions with other youth leaders and will have the opportunity to go on to the World Economic Forum in Davos. Details of the recruitment procedure will be available on the British Council website within forthcoming weeks.

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