THIRTY-ONE students from Chung Hwa Middle School, BSB were among 304 students who participated in this year’s 15th Borneo Global Issues Conference (BGIC) organised by International School Brunei (ISB) at the International Convention Centre (ICC).
Her Royal Highness Paduka Seri Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman delivered her sabda and the 15th BGIC was declared officially opened by Her Royal Highness’ sounding of the Gong.
The theme of this year’s conference, ‘Climate Action’, is the 13th UN Global Goal. The conference aimed to spread awareness among the youth of Brunei on how our actions are leaving the Earth in dire straits, and to ensure that we understand this problem not just as one written in books but one that is happening all around us with real-life consequences.
Participants of the conference assumed the roles of delegates representing different countries as they debated on topics encompassing human rights, eco-society, the environment, and politics. The three-day conference saw delegates embroiled in various heated debates over resolutions, which tested their communication and thinking skills, as well as allowed them to develop an in-depth understanding of the stances and actions taken by different countries in overcoming problems associated with the environment.
During the opening ceremony on the first day and the Q&A session of the second day, students were also rewarded with the rare opportunity to listen to two keynote speakers, Hannah Testa and Rita Kimani, who shared their opinions on the pressing issues surrounding climate change. To encourage participants of the conference to put their beliefs into action, Anna Oposa, one of last year’s keynote speakers, delivered a workshop on practical ways to reduce the use of plastic. During a specially arranged session on the third day, students were given the chance to make a pledge against the use of plastic and to increase their use of eco-friendly products.
The conference ended on the last day with the passing of multiple resolutions and the awarding of certificates to the best delegates, the best resolutions and the most improved delegates of each committee, as well as to the secretary-generals, the chair of each committee, and every person who had helped behind the scenes to make the event possible. – Lim Bei En, Year10 Science1