KIEV, July 20 (Itar-Tass) - The first Children and Youth OSCE summit opened at the Artek International Children’s Centre on Saturday, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Information Policy Department told Itar-Tass.
The purpose of the summit is to study the activities of the OSCE in the political, economic and humanitarian fields, to discuss security problems and to create a special platform for children and the youth for inter-ethnic communication in order to bring up tolerance and national conscience, and develop leadership potential.
The organizing committee told Itar-Tass that the summit involved representatives from 14 OSCE countries, eight partner states and 13 Asian and African countries, which took part in the international children festival, “Let’s Change the World for the Better”. This year the festival will be attended by children from Andorra, Ireland, Spain, Slovakia, Korea and Senegal.
“Every country is represented by five children at the age between 12 and 16 years. The summit will focus on the role of the youth in preventing conflicts, the environmental protection and the possibilities of the Internet,” the organizing committee reported.
The summit will be opened by Ukrainian Foreign Minister, OSCE Chairman-in-Office Leonid Kozhara and OSCE Secretary-General Lamberto Zannier. The first plenary session will take place on Sunday, July 21. The forum will last till August 1.