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Indo-Canadian VPD Cadet Represents Canada At G7 Youth Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Japan

VPD Cadet Jay Mander, a grade 12 student from Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver, was contacted by the Mayor of Hiroshima and advised that he had been selected to attend the 2016 G7 Meeting as a Canadian Youth Representative.

VANCOUVER – An Indo-Canadian VPD Cadet was selected as part of the youth delegation representing Canada at the G7 Youth Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Hiroshima, Japan.

VPD Cadet Jay Mander, a grade 12 student from Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver, was contacted by the Mayor of Hiroshima and advised that he had been selected to attend the 2016 G7 Meeting as a Canadian Youth Representative.

Mander represented Canada, Vancouver and the VPD Cadets, along-side other youth from around the world.

This year’s meetings took place March 18th through March 21st and was themed “Towards a peaceful world: What we can do” and reflects the growing concern among G7 leaders and youth about “Nuclear Disarmament and Non-proliferation issues” and “Global Challenges.”

Twenty-four delegates from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America engaged in discussions at the meeting to assist in developing the “Hiroshima Peace Declaration” which is to be presented to the G7 Ambassadors and Consul Generals.

Every year, the city of Hiroshima holds a Peace Memorial Ceremony to pray for the peace of the victims, for the abolition of nuclear weapons, and for lasting world peace. During that ceremony, the Mayor issues a Peace Declaration directed toward the world at large. As long as the need persists, Hiroshima’s mayor will continue to issue these declarations calling for the elimination of nuclear weapons from the face of the earth. This is part of Hiroshima’s effort to build a world of genuine and lasting world peace where no population will ever again experience the cruel devastation suffered by Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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