'Daring Debates' held for the first time in Nepal among college students on environment policy

Published On: September 28, 2020 05:22 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Daring Debates, an annual event that holds a discussion on issues of contemporary relevance in South Asia, held a virtual debate on whether democratic politics is inadequate to address climate change. This is the first time the Daring Debates has taken place among youths in Nepal.

The event hosted in partnership with the Youth Thinkers' Society had 12 Nepali debaters shortlisted for the event, according to a press statement issued by the Difficult Dialogue, the organizer of the event.  Prashamsa Ghimire (for the motion) from National Law College and Saugat Pokhrel (against the motion) from Kathmandu School of Law have been declared winners of the Daring Debate of the Nepal chapter.

The event organized on Saturday via zoom had award-winning actress Manisha Koirala, senior journalist Kaunda Dixit, columnist Sheeba Shah as jury members. After initial debate rounds in their own countries, the highly talented young contenders from Africa, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and USA will participate in the grand finale of Daring Debates on November 16, 2020.

The debate aims at bringing together college students from varied backgrounds, regions and ethnicity into the discourse of policy ideation and formation. According to the organizer, five successful editions of Daring Debates have been conducted in various cities of India so far.

In its sixth year, Daring Debates is going global to ensure a bigger participation of young people across the world. “This year it will be an integral part of the prestigious Global Sustainability Film Awards (GSFA), 2020 which is being co-organized by the, the UK-based TV for the Environment, and Difficult Dialogues taking place November 16-20, 2020,” said the statement.


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