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G8 Video Dairy
Day 1 Three Minutes with Jacqueline Cook
G8 Delegates get interviews in three minutes by Steven Cheung in a video dairy series of G8 My Summit 2010.
This first video, Canadian delegate Jacqueline Cook of Saskatoon, Canada talks to Steven about her interests, passion, thoughts and interesting moment(s) during day one of G8 my summit 2010.
G8 Video Dairy
Day 2 Interview with Mayor John Klinck of Gravenhurst
DAY 2 : Thursday 24 June 2010 2000CST
On the Muskoka Lakes
Gravenhurst is a town in the Muskoka Region of Ontario, Canada. The mayor is John Klinck. The Town of Gravenhurst includes a large area of the District of Muskoka, known to Ontarians as "cottage country."
Gravenhurst was named after a village in England.
This interview took place during cruise and dinner reception onboard RMS Segwun (the oldest vessel powered by a working steam engine in North America).
DAY 2 : Thursday 24 June 2010
06h30 – 07h00 Morning run with marathon winner Paul Tergat
07h00 – 08h00 Breakfast at Marriott
08h15 – 09h15 Transportation to Trillium Resort
09h30 – 10h00 G8 Activities: Introduction Plenary
10h00 – 10h15 Break
10h15 – 11h30 G8 Activities: Terrorism and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
11h30 – 12h30 Lunch
13h00 – 15h00 Swimming, Canoe Lessons and Excursions
15h00 – 16h15 G8 Activities: Food Security
15h00 – 16h15 Negotiations Terrorism and Nuclear Non-Proliferation
16h15 – 16h30 Break
16h30 – 17h45 G8 Activities: Maternal and Child Health
16h30 – 17h45 G8 Activities: Negotiations Food Security
17h45 – 19h00 Transportation to Muskoka Wharf, Gravenhurst
19h00 – 21h00 Cruise and Dinner Reception
How does Terrorism and Nuclear Non-Proliferation relate to young people? Watch the video dairy above to find out more...
G8 Video Dairy 2 - Cruise Dinner onboard RMS Segwun
19h00 – 21h00 Cruise Dinner onboard RMS Segwun on the Muskoka Lake, Gravenhurst UK Delegates reporting back!!
A Quick Note From The Editor
Firstly, we’d just like to say sorry that we couldn’t stay as up to date with you all as we would have hoped, there were many issues with internet out there, and the schedule was packed!
The UK Delegation worked very hard to represent your views, and I can assure you, you will be happy with what we have managed to achieve during the summits.
We have been working away on ways of keeping you all up to date with the goings on of the summits (see picture for proof) and we will be putting up all the details of what we did very shortly.
Thank you for your patience!
Just to inform you that the UK delegation safely arrived back in London Tuesday morning after 6 hectic but exciting days in Canada for the G8 and G20 summits.
We would like to say a BIG thank you to all those of you who took the time out to fill out the surveys and express your views so they could be expressed in the communique, which was presented to the leaders. You made our job much better and representative.
We must admit the UK youth delegation did you proud, earning a reputation for being hard workers, who were diplomatic in their ways but firm in their positions. We got along with all those we came into contact with and now have networks across the world!
In our time theire we were able to make great contribution to the communique, working alongside, Germany, Russia, France, the United States, Japan and Canada. We were also able to learn a great deal about the key themes particularly food security, maternal health and climate change.
We had the priviledge of meeting with our PM David Cameron and the Chancellor of Exchequer, George Osborne for tea and bumping into President Obama on the escalators!
Everyone (senior leaders in society) was very supportive and encouraging, telling us many a time that we were not just the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of now.
Whilst out there we soon realised the challenges leaders must experience when negotiating with other powerful countries and how far removed they can become from society when moving from meeting to meeting without being able to engage with the rest of civil society.
Nonetheless, I personally realised that change in youth participation and efforts to make it more inclusive and effective will not happen instantaneously. In order to effect change we all must dedicate to the cause long term in order to see the results.
For those of you that did not fill in the survey please continue to do so and pass it on to your friends as your opinion still counts for our follow up work.
Stay tuned for more!
On Sunday 27 June, the UK Delegation was delighted to be invited to discuss the youth perspective on the G8 issues (climate change, nuclear non-proliferation, maternal health and food security) with Prime Minister David Cameron over a cup of afternoon tea. Also present were Chancellor of The Exchequer George Osborne and the British High Commissioner to Canada.
Of course, we were fully aware that Cameron, being a world leader after all, would be pressed for time, so he dominated the discussion. He asked us questions about what we have all been doing in the negotiations and what we thought about other G8 nations’ delegations and their views. Naturally we answered honestly, telling him that we had learnt so much about the negotiating processes at this high level, and that the discussions and negotiations were particularly refreshing amongst all the delegations.
Primarily we felt that as young people we had little to no conflicts regarding our stances on issues in the negotiations. This is because the tact and tenacity that we globally share as young people means we all had general consensus on putting forward common values and fresh forward thinking policies into the communiqué. Consequently we argued for the importance of youth participation in international decisions, meetings and events; that we are capable of achieving great things and deserve a serious influence on policy rather than being viewed as tokenistic.
To lead by example, we explained to Prime Minister Cameron about our consultation survey and that climate change was the top priority of the UK youth agenda. James Mummery in particular made a fantastic effort to fight for the importance of climate change in policy. We explained that target figures were vital when it comes to cutting carbon emissions, and Cameron fully acknowledged this argument.
Of course, the Prime Minister was soon swept away as he had a flight scheduled to return back to the UK. However we managed to pass him a copy of the G8 Youth Communique, with hope that he would take our views into careful consideration.
Although the meeting had been swift, and we were left wondering how great an impact we had left with the Prime Minister, we are truly grateful to David Cameron for providing us with this opportunity. To have even secured this meeting with our country’s leader at the G20 summit was a big victory for youth involvement in decision processes. We are pleased that Cameron has acknowledged our work, and that now he has provided us with a tangible platform to continue dialogue with the relevant ministers now that we are back in the UK. Also through this meeting, we believe Prime Minister Cameron has set a precedent for other leaders to also open a dialogue with the youth of their countries.
It became more apparent after this meeting that changing youth participation so that is more inclusive and influential will require more effort and dedication in the long term. Consequently we are securing appointments with our local MPs and relevant ministers to affect change,the confidence to take such action has only blossomed further from our meeting with the Prime Minister.
We have a duty to make sure we are heard
Heather Kitt and Steven talk about their experience at the summits.
On the morning of the 26 June, the G8 delegations waved goodbye to Muskoka and were warmly received by Toronto where we were first introduced to the additional G20 countries’ youth delegates.
Hosted by the TD Bank, a perfect example of Canada’s successful and sometimes called “boring” banking sector. Due to strong regulation and an informed refusal to engage in the trading of sub prime securities, the banking sector shielded Canada from the worst effects of the Global Financial Crisis.
George Osborne has openly admitted that he looks up to Canada’s model of financial governance and budget deficit reduction strategies from the 1990s.
So in rather plush settings, we were able to meet and share ideas with the additional delegations of Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, India, China, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey and Australia.
After a feast of tasty food, Ed Clark gave the delegates a talk about the causes, impacts and solutions to the global financial crisis.
This was matched by some touch economic questions from the floor on such issues as the currently proposed international banking tax, the balance between CSR and the goal of profits and the impact of cyber-security on the banking sector.
The lunch provided the first chance to discuss and contribute ideas on what the youth expect and demand of international economic policy.
The sun rose in Muskoka at 5:30 am today and youth delegates of My Summit set course on a 5km marathon with Paul Tergat, international marathon winner, at 6:30 am. The weather was slightly rainy but the rain made for an extremely refreshing run! It was a privilege to be able to run with Paul Tergat because he reminded me once more of the importance of determination. Although I was physically tired, running with the other delegates encouraged me to persevere and it proved to be an exhilarating experience. It was an excellent start to an exciting day!
After a quick breakfast with the team, we took the bus to Trillium Resort, the official site of the G8 My Summit official venue. We had the privilege of listening to Mr. Norman Inkster. Mr. Norman Inkster is the former Chair of the Canadian Prime Minister. Having served as the Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the President of INTERPOL, Mr. Inkster emphasized that in light of the technological advancement “it is not the criminal who travels but the crime that travels.” Being a part of the e-generation, we have access to vast amounts of information which has knit us closer together as a global community. However, the moving of vast amounts of information around the world has also created a new form of terrorism – cyber terrorism. Using different techniques, such as proxies, people can remain anonyms on the web. The protection of identity has both its merits as well as its limitations – it can both protect a person or it can help a person evade justice. Mr. Inkster presented us with the challenge of finding a way to cooperate internationally without infringing on the rights of others in the area of cyber terrorism. Internet is a phenomenon ...
DAY 1 : Wednesday June 23, 2010
10h00 - 15h00 Arrival of Youth delegates to Pearson Intl. Airport
10h00 – 16h00 Coaches departing Pearson Airport for Marriott
12h00 – 19h00 Arrivals at Marriott Residence Inn, Gravenhurst
12h00 – 14h00 Lunch*
15h00 – 16h00 Canadian Youth Ambassador Orientation
19h00 Welcome Dinners
Opening remarks: Mr. Terry Clifford, President Global Vision
Welcome Presentation by Canadian Youth Ambassadors
Keynote: Mr. Paul Tergat, World Food Programme Celebrity Ambassador
6.23 Day 1 0130 BST @ Home
Youth of the G8 States, is going to be gathered in Muskoka for My Summit 2010 today and commit ourselves to working together on the issues of today and those of tomorrow. We strongly believe that the voice of youth is the voice of change, and pledge to passionately work with our international partners on the challenges that confront us all. We call on the Leaders of the G8 to commit to working together on these issues in the spirit we have here. For the next few days, I Steven Cheung will share my thoughts, experience and all the actions behind the scene as a UK Young Ambassador and a UK Delegate to the G8/G20 My Summit 2010.
6.23 Day 1 1900BST @ International Airspace above the Atlantic Ocean onboard TS223
I tried not to get excited about this trip before I leave London; I did my best to put it at the back of my mind. However, last night I couldn’t sleep at all. Everything is just so surreal; I still couldn’t believe I’ve been selected to become a representative on behalf of millions of young people in Britain. The flight was surprisingly long, as I couldn’t wait to set foot in Canada. I used this opportunity to read all the supporting documents regarding Nuclear Non-Proliferation, Terrorism, Food Security, Maternal, Child Health, and Climate Change.
After a 12 hours journey, we finally arrived at our resident for the next few days Marriott Residence Inn, Gravenhurst. We were the latest international delegation to arrive in Canada; the earliest arrived at 10 in the morning. We have just arrived in time for the welcome dinner started with remarks by Mr. Terry Clifford, President Global Vision.
After a short welcoming speech, World Food Programme Celebrity Ambassador Paul Tergat talked to us about the food shortages, his own experience in Kenya as a youth; he didn’t have enough food to eat, clean water to drink. Paul Kibii Tergat is a Kenyan professional long distance runner. He held the world record in the marathon from 2003 to 2007, with a time of 2:04:55, and is regarded as one of the most accomplished long-distance runners of all time.
23 Canadian Youth Ambassadors answered the question “my Canada is…” and basically presented their vision of Canada. “My Canada is breathtaking; my Canada is diverse; my Canada is Asia Pacific gateway; my Canada is home.” Said Christina Cai, Canadian Youth Ambassador representing provinces of British Columbia during welcome dinner.
If 2008 was the year of China, then 2010 can be the year of Canada. This year Canada hosted the Vancouver Olympics and the G8 and G20 Summits which I’ll be representing UK tomorrow in Muskoka and Toronto.
The G8 is made up of the seven most powerful economies of the world, United States, Japan, Germany, France, UK, Canada, Italy and Russia. Together they form a very powerful and influential (though informal) group of nations. For example, they accounting for almost 50% of the votes at the IMF and World Bank.
6.21 (2 Days till My Summit 2010)
Meeting with the Lord Speaker Baroness Hayman
I was very pleased to be given the opportunity to meet with the Lord Speaker, The Rt Hon Baroness Hayman this afternoon. Previously, I met Baroness Hayman when she chair the first debate for non-Members in the Lords Chamber last year.
During the meeting, I've brief her of our involvement and the themes we're going to discuss during the summit. I thank the Lord Speaker for her interests and support for young people; Baroness Hayman also praised the outstanding achievement by the UK Young Ambassador, and wish us all the very best ahead of the Summit on Wednesday.
Dinner with Memebers of CPPCC
Memebers of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consulative Conference are here in the UK on a professional visit on pulic administration. The purpose of their visit is to gain a good understanding of the British society through lectures, professional visits, discussions, etc. as well as to exchange views, learn from others, improve mutual understanding and strengthen the UK-Chinese friendship.
6.19 (4 Days till My Summit 2010)
CY Radio 2010 Training Programme
In the afternoon, I've attended the CY Radio 2010 Training Programme. I gave a short introduction of life as a radio presenter; we talked about why they (the new CY Radio memebers) were here and what they want to get out from the training at Battersea Studio Today. We then explored the components that make up a programme, their communication skills and how to running a successful radio station.
Coincidently, on 25th June it will be Spectrum Radio Chinese Programme 20th Birthday, so Joseph (Radio Programme Manager) brought a cake, and we celebrated in style - on air. The Producer has also kindly let me carry out a consultation live on air; new CY Radio members had to prepare a message for David Cameron and his government, we have thousands of feedback from listeners across Britain on issues range from educations to climate changes. The Programme was air on 19th June @ 1800 - 2000 BST.
(Spectrum Radio broadcasts from the heart of London to the Nation's capital and the South East of England on DAB Spectrum to a potential audience of over 13 million people since 1990. We also broadcasts on AM558, on SKY channel 0185 and on the internet. Visit Spectrum Radio Chinese Programme website for more info)
Tower Hamet Chinese School
In the morning, I went to visit Lam Yin Chinese School in Tower Hamlet, as next saturday will be their last day of term, and I wouldn't be able to attend, so I decided to visit the students and staffs alike.
6.17 (6 Days till My Summit 2010)
Meetings with Diplomats
Been incredibly busy for the past few days so just a quick update, I've met with representatives from the Philippines Government at their Embassy in London on Wednesday, as they chair the UN Security Council meeting which passed the UN Sanctions against Iran. We discussed issues such as climate changes, we’ve recognize the prospective from a developing country in Southeast Asia, it was a indeed very rewarding meeting as we were invited to do workshop and talks after the Summit, this is start of the relationship between British Youth and the Philippines government. Mayor of London rejected our request for a meeting before the Summit as Boris is currently in South Africa “studying” the world cup, Bank of England Governor has also rejected our request for a meeting as he will not be attending the Summit.
Thursday, I met with representative from the Embassy of the People's Republic of China, we discuss a number of issues, such as North Korea, the view and approach of China on Nuclear Non-Proliferation; Climate Changes was one of the key topic, we talk about the Copenhagen and how it failed, although China is one of the world third largest economy, however GDP per capital is listed as number 99. Things like that, we also discussed UNFCCC and Kyoto Protocols, Principle of common but differentiate responsibilities, principle of sustainable development, Mitigation, Adaption, technology transfer and Financial support. (I got carried away by climate changes... haha)
Introduction (8 Days till My Summit 2010)
I'm really pleased to be selected by the Canadian government to represent young people from United Kingdom, over the next few week, I will be blogging here at blogger, to share with you, my experience at the My summit 2010.
Due to the influence and power of the G20 nations, my summit 2010 is chance to discuss a number of social, political and economic issues. While I’m almost certain the youth delegates will differ on certain problem, solution and policies, but our overall agendas are the same – To build a better future for us and generation to come.
My personal motivations to participate in My Summit 2010, first of all is to learn from others and share our good practices here in the United Kingdom, as someone who came from a incredibly diverse background, and have experience working with government ministers and departments, local governments and third sector organisations (specially youth related). I would like to break down barriers, and learn from the other delegates their cultural backgrounds and how they deal with problems, how they learn from mistake and the solutions.
Recovery and New Beginnings –Global Economic Crisis means that governments have tight budget. Most people are still uncertain about their future and that’s why we need a stronger global partnership to stop the GEC happening again.
As the world population grow, we are facing energy and food security problems, G20 nations have always been addicted to oil; we must take this opportunity of the New Beginning to build up our green industries to tackle climate change and environmental Issues. The world mostly agrees that something needs to be done about global warming and climate change. However, the stumbling block has been trying to get an agreement on a framework. Many have been against climate change treaties due to the fear of the threat to the recovery of their economy and profits if they have to make substantial changes. This is an opportunity to promote renewable and sustainable developments.
There are many inter-related issues causing hunger, which are related to economics and other factors that cause poverty. They include land rights and ownership, diversion of land use to non-productive use, increasing emphasis on export-oriented agriculture, inefficient agricultural practices, war, famine, drought, over-fishing, poor crop yields, Corruption is both a major cause and a result of poverty around the world. Corruption affects the poorest the most, whether in rich or poor nations.
Indirect influence as well as direct influence of my summit 2010 is great and far-reaching and I would like to be part of the British delegates to make a difference in the global society. By working together, WE CAN BUILD A BETTER FUTURE!
Before the conference, I would like to empower young people using this opportunities to discuss how they can make a difference. I will meet with student, from universities to secondary school, talk about problem that they too faces. Going to visit Youth group from charities to projects such as UKYP, BYC, Young Advisors…Etc, I hope to be able to hold a debate in each region to discuss about their views and concern and also give young people like myself a chance to talk about pressing issue that young people think it’s important.
I follow up on the work of the summit to ensure that it had made a difference by using web 2.0, social media, and publishing video reports, setting up websites and let the debate continue after the meeting. Once we identified solution, we will support young people to take actions and make a difference starting from their local communities. I would like to be constantly in touch with the other delegates, to see the progress of their projects and the difference they made, learn from their success and have workshop and hold conferences to share the good practices and of course TAKE ACTIONS!