Youth Debate 2016

The 36th Cambodian Youth Debate took place on 28 April 2016 at TVK studios, Phnom Penh. More than 120 students attended to support their universities Cambodian Mekong University (CMU), Royal University of Law and Economics (RULE), Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP) and Royal University of Agriculture (RUA). The objective is to raise public awareness on environmental issues.

The Debate was presided over by Her Excellency Ms. PRUM Sophy, Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and His Excellency Mr. KIEV Sovuthy, Director of the Department of Knowledge & Information at MoE.

Famous Cambodian singer song-writer Ms. MEAS Soksophea joined the Debate as Honorary Guest and continuously inspires Cambodia’s Youth with her commitment to environmental protection.

There were 3 rounds – find out the final winner in SCW’s next online and print newsletter:

  • “Community-based Natural Resource Management (NRM) is more effective than government-based NRM”
    • RULE won against CMU
  • “The livelihood of indigenous people, which relies on Non-Timber-Forest-Products is not sustainable
    • RUA won against RUPP
  • “Environmental education is more effective than laws to improve the waste situation in Cambodia.”
    • RULE won against RUA

Ms. MEAS Soksophea happily summarizes the day on Facebook: “I had an amazing time and saw so much talent. We don’t have to wait for the future – everyone can act now to help save our environment. Thank you for today, students. I’m so impressed by your voices.”