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Tough questions flow at first international water conference for high school students

Published on Jun 9, 2014 5:08 PM

Singapore - Could a global water bank help manage the world's water fairly? Why should water-rich nations save water? Is regulation the only way to stop factories from polluting rivers?

Questions such as these flew thick and fast to an expert panel at an international water summit on Monday. The panel included the Norwegian and Dutch ambassadors to Singapore, business and government body heads, and even a former senior scientific advisor to the United nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

And the ones lobbing the tough queries at the distinguished panellists were teenagers aged just 14 to 18 years old.

More than 130 students from 15 nations including Singapore, Australia, Japan, China, Germany, the Netherlands, Thailand and Colombia were attending the inaugural 'Water is Life' RI-Maurick International Water Conference, held at Raffles Institution (RI).

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