33 attend meeting of young leaders ahead of G-8 summit+.NAHA Naha (nä`hä), city (1990 pop. 304,836), on Okinawa island, in the Ryukyu Islands, Japan. A port on the southwest coast, it is also the chief manufacturing center of the island. , Japan, June 13 Kyodo
A group of 33 young people attended a two-day meeting that began Tuesday in Okinawa ahead of the July 21-23 Group of Eight (G-8) summit, organizers said.
Held at the Okinawa Convention Center in the city of Ginowan, the Young Leaders' Summit gathered graduate students, journalists and foreign students for discussions on peace and harmony in the 21st century. Delegates will also draft a statement that will be submitted to the G-8 summit.
In a keynote address keynote address
An opening address, as at a political convention, that outlines the issues to be considered. Also called keynote speech.
Noun 1. , former U.N. Undersecretary General Yasushi Akashi Yasushi Akashi (明石 康 Akashi Yasushi, born January 19, 1931 in Hinai, Akita Prefecture) is a senior Japanese diplomat and United Nations administrator. said that in working toward peace, Japan needs to change its self-reliant stance to a more open and active one.
He also appealed to countries around the world to have "great interest and involvement in the conflicts, peace and stability issues outside their own boundaries."
Organizers said participants will discuss four themes related to political and economic affairs, such as the role of citizens in the realization of a peaceful international society, and the benefits and drawbacks of globalization globalization
Process by which the experience of everyday life, marked by the diffusion of commodities and ideas, is becoming standardized around the world. Factors that have contributed to globalization include increasingly sophisticated communications and transportation .
The G-8 comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia and the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. .