4 HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS IN FOR ANNUAL G’DAY GREAT DEBATE

Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Andrew Byrne. Photo: Courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald.

                                                           Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands Andrew Byrne. Photo: Courtesy of Sydney Morning Herald.

The Australian High Commission will tomorrow host students from four high schools around Honiara in the annual G’Day Solomon Islands Great Debate.

Australian High Commissioner Andrew Byrne says he is excited to hear young people’s perspectives on this year’s debate theme, climate change.

His Excellency Byrne says Australia has committed around $5.8 billion to building climate change resilience and reducing emissions in developing countries over the next five years.

Mr. Byrne adds the Government played a leading role in the global climate change negotiations last year in Paris, and it is important that youth is able to contribute to the discussion.

Students will need to successfully defend their arguments in front of a crowd of politicians, government officials, business representatives and members of the public to take out the winning trophy.

Betikama and St Joseph’s Tenaru will debate whether adaptation is a better response to climate change than mitigation.

St Nicholas College and Selwyn College will consider if small island states like Solomon Islands have a greater obligation to combat climate change than other countries.

The G’Day Solomon Islands Great Debate is a part of the Australian High Commission’s annual public diplomacy program and a stepping stone to regional debating competitions.

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