While some children spend the summer at camp or the beach, others are changing the world. In recognition of the increasingly significant leadership roles young people play in our society, Time Warner and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) are bringing 36 young advocates for humanitarian concerns to New York City to share their ideas and experience New York.
The young leaders, who come from 36 developed and developing countries, will be participating in the UNICEF/Time Warner Youth Leadership Forum, which begins today and ends on Monday, July 20, 1998. Among the countries represented are Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Northern Ireland, Peru and Vietnam. The young leaders will also be recognized at the opening ceremonies of the 1998 Goodwill Games on Saturday, July 18.
Time Warner is sponsoring the Young Leadership Forum as part of its Summer of Goodwill, a season-long celebration of world-class sports, entertainment and culture that includes a $1 million pledge to benefit UNICEF and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
"Time Warner's commitment to making a difference, especially in the lives of children, has never been stronger, and we're very excited about working with UNICEF on this important event," said Gerald M. Levin, chairman and CEO of Time Warner Inc. "This conference will enable children of different backgrounds, interests, nationalities and perspectives to share their ideas and views."
The conference includes a two-day forum at the United Nations, where these young leaders will have the opportunity to share ideas and speak publicly on global issues affecting young people, including child prostitution, hunger, illiteracy, the exploitation of children for military purposes and gender abuses. The children will also enjoy the summer pleasures of New York, from a baseball game and Broadway show to Chinatown and a city tour. During their stay, Vice President Al Gore will provide a welcome for the children and a tour of Air Force Two.
Founded in 1946, UNICEF promotes children's well-being in more than 160 countries and territories around the world. As the only United Nations organization dedicated exclusively to children, UNICEF services include primary health care, basic education, safe water and sanitation, emergency assistance and AIDS education.
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