Mr Avafoa Irata (third from right), debate teams, Government officials, competition judges and staff of USP’s Tuvalu Campus.
The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Tuvalu USP Campus in collaboration with Pacific Community (SPC) celebrated World Water Day on 31 March 2017.
The Chief Guest for the celebration was Mr Avafoa Irata, Permanent Secretary Public Utilities and Acting Secretary to Government of Tuvalu.
Mr Irata deliberated on this year’s World Water Day theme Why Waste Water and updated the audience on water management projects in Tuvalu highlighting their significance in sustainable water usage and building a Climate Change resilient Tuvalu.
USP’s Tuvalu Campus was one of the first campuses to launch the Water Security Book published by Pacific Centre of Environment and Sustainable Development (PaCE-SD).
Mr Irata also launched the book during the opening of the celebration. He stated that the book was significant for Tuvalu, adding that “there is currently no publication on water security and the book will be a good resource and reference material for the people of Tuvalu.”
The event also saw students participating in a debate on the theme ‘Water Conservation is vital for a Climate Change Resilient Tuvalu’ and poetry reading on the theme.
During the debate competition, the affirmative side argued that water conservation is vital for a Climate Change Resilient Tuvalu because, they argued that if water is not conserved and well managed, there will not be enough water for everyone to use in the future.
The opposing team on the other hand argued that changing one’s life style in reducing carbon emission is more vital because, they noted that if the temperature continues to rise then there may be no water to conserve in future.
The affirmative side won the debate and was awarded trophy and gift packs co-sponsored by Tuvalu Campus and SPC Tuvalu.
The winning poetry was written and presented by Lili Teafa. As part of her prize, Lili received a gift pack and other participants were given complimentary prizes as well.
The World Water Day attendees and participants concluded the celebration with a lunch hosted by SPC Tuvalu.
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