Japan Airlines will provide support to the
UNICEF-sponsored J8 (Junior Eight) Summit 2008 to be held in Hokkaido
from July 1 to July 10, 2008.Using its global network, JAL will support the J8 Summit by providing
air transport to the young people aged 13 to 17 selected to participate
in this event. In the lead up to the event, JAL will also run in its
in-flight magazine, skyward, and in-flight video programming on
international routes news items on the activities of the J8 Summit.
From July 7 to 9 Japan will host the next Group of Eight (G8) Summit at
Lake Toya, Hokkaido to be attended by the heads of eight of the world’s
leading countries - Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the
UK, and USA - plus the President of the European Commission.
The J8 (Junior Eight) Summit, the official youth event of the G8 Summit,
will also be held at the beginning of July in Hokkaido, but in the city
of Chitose. At the J8 Summit, young people representing the G8 nations
and other countries and regions around the world will discuss and debate
the items on the G8 agenda, including issues particularly relevant to
the younger generation.
The main issues to be discussed will be climate change and global
warming, poverty and development, and global health. At the end of their
deliberations, the J8 participants will present their recommendations on
the issues to the world leaders during the G8 Summit.
Since 1991, JAL has been a corporate supporter of UNICEF (United Nations
Children’s Fund). JAL aircraft display the UNICEF logo to bring the
organization to public attention. The airline supports UNICEF’s ‘Change
for Good’ fund-raising campaign by collecting on all international
flights spare change in different currencies donated by passengers. JAL
also helps to raise funds by selling UNICEF greetings cards in-flight
and at company retail outlets, and has promoted UNICEF through the
airline’s in-flight magazine, in-flight video programming, and street
For nearly 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children,
working on the ground in some 160 countries to help children survive and
thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest
provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF supports child health
and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the
protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.