Summit on Sustainable Development
Department of Public Information - News and Media Services Division - New York
26 August-4 September 2002
1 September 2002
Note to Correspondents
FIVE CHILDREN TO ADDRESS OPENING SESSION OF WORLD SUMMIT
FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Five young people will address the opening session of the high-level segment of the World Summit on Sustainable Development on Monday morning, 2 September.
Three of the young people, representing the International Children’s Conference on the Environment sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), will present a list of challenges to the leaders of the world. These challenges were inspired, written and voted on by some 400 children from 80 countries and represent their hopes and fears for the future of the planet. Justin Friesen, 11 years old from Canada, Analiz Vergara, 14 years old from Ecuador, and Liao Mingyu, 11 years old from China, were chosen by the Conference to convey their message to the Summit.
Two South African children: Tiyiselani Manganyi, 6 years old born in Soweto, and Julius Ndlovena, 10 years old from Blargowrie, will recite a poem written for the launch of South Africa’s National Plan of Action for Children