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Rome, May 29, 2009: The award ceremony for the creative competition “Little authors of great thoughts: G-8 children write to the big leaders” today took place at Villa Wolkonsky, residence of the British Ambassador in Italy, in the presence of British Ambassador Edward Chaplin, actor Colin Firth, Italian Millennium Campaign Coordinator Marta Guglielmetti and Tavola della Pace Coordinator Flavio Lotti. Even the President of the Republic of Italy sent a message to the young authors.

The creative competition, which took place during the National Meeting of Assisi Schools of Peace on May 9, aimed to increase awareness among young Italian citizens of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ahead of the G-8 summit in L’Aquila. During the workshop, children sent messages to world leaders asking them to keep their promises to eradicate poverty, address climate change and achieve the MDGs by 2015.

The project involved more than 300 primary school children who wrote messages to Italian MPs and world leaders attending the G-8 in July. Sixteen messages were selected as finalists and three winners were awarded with special plates and collections of children’s books for their school libraries.

At the ceremony, all participants received an educational kit on the MDGs, to be used in schools next year.

The project was supported by the British Embassy in Rome and run in cooperation with the UN Millennium Campaign – Italy, Tavola della Pace and Italian LAs for Peace and Human Rights, in collaboration with VVE Contract, a company specializing in communication towards children.


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