Scholasticans participate in PHIMUN 2018
Two student-delegates namely Teri Quijano, who represented Cuba, and Charlotte Reyes, who represented Uruguay, participated in the Philippine International Model United Nations (PHIMUN) last June 8-10, 2018 at the University of the Philippines–BGC with the theme: “Promoting International Cooperation in the Universal and Inclusive Realization of the Sustainable Development Goals of 2020.”
PHIMUN 2018 is an international Model UN Conference in the Philippines that is open to students from senior high up to graduate school who seek to participate in a UN simulation and engage in debate and solution-making on current world issues. It is hosted by the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
Prior to the three-day event, the delegates were required to submit a position paper about the chosen country’s position on the given crises. This included a comprehensive analysis of the country’s stand on universal issues as well as actions implemented to prevent such occurrences.
Keynote speakers were Ambassador Franz Jessen, Head of the European Union Delegation in the Philippines, and Atty. Maria Gracia Pulido-Tan, Independent Director of Asia United Bank Corporation, who shared their knowledge about the United Nations. This marked the official opening of the Model United Nations as declared by the representing Secretary General, Juliver Tomas, and Director for Programs, Patrick James Sierra.
The delegates participated in committee sessions, plenary sessions, resolution drafting, and joint communiqués. They were composed of four committees namely the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Human Rights Council, and UNESCO–similar to the actual committees in the UN. The committee in which the SSC delegates were part of focused on the topic: “Role of the Data Revolution in the Attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.” A resolution was then formulated to address the country’s stances wherein the participants’ resolution was voted to be proceeded in the plenary session successfully. The event ended with a Gala Night that showcased the brilliance of the delegates from the different committees which became an avenue for more social interaction between the delegates as it was nearing towards its end.
Overall, the Scholasticans said that PHIMUN 2018 was a worthwhile experience because they gained new knowledge and skills in the process of formulating resolutions in the respective working blocks. They also learned the importance of being knowledgeable and interactive in such an event as it was something they “really needed to explore outside their comfort zone.”
by Charlotte Reyes