APEC Junior Conference participants exchange views about issues concerning environment and poverty

by Junji Akechi, Staff Writer

On February 22, the third day of the 2010 APEC Junior Conference in Hiroshima, where youths of member nations and regions of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are holding discussions about the region's future, the participants continued to exchange views with one another in the east wing of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Between the meeting sessions, the participants visited Miyajima Island and toured Itsukushima Shrine, a World Heritage site.

On that day, the 37 participants from 19 nations and regions proceeded with group discussions on four themes, including the environment. At the workshop on "trade, food, and poverty," where the participants held an enthusiastic discussion about the fair distribution of food, such opinions as "Food aid alone might bring prices down to unacceptable levels" were presented.

For the participants' tour to Miyajima island, 41 students from Hiroshima Prefectural Aki Fuchu High School in Fuchu Town, Hiroshima, accompanied the participants and guided them in English. Addina Hadi, 16, from Indonesia, smiled and said, "This place is so peaceful, with its natural beauty and the many deer."

On February 23, the participants will summarize their discussions at the workshops, compile a declaration, and hand the declaration to the chair of the APEC Japan 2010 Senior Officials' Meeting. The closing ceremony will then be held at Welcity Hiroshima, marking the end of the four-day gathering.

(Originally published on February 23, 2010)

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