With almost 350 registered delegates, the 19th Benilde Model United Nations (BenildeMUN) officially kicks off on July 12, 2017 in the ARG theater of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde with the Ambassador of Canada to the Philippines, His Excellency John Holmes, as its Guest of Honor.
This year’s MUN is bigger than before as they open their doors to interested Senior High School and Deaf students. The program started with a timely welcoming remarks from School of Diplomacy and Governance Dean, Mr. George Binay. He highlighted the importance of inclusion of the Deaf delegates in Benilde at this age of inevitable globalization.
Afterwards, a message from the Brother President, Br. Dennis Magbanua, FSC, followed, who urged delegates to come up with inclusive and innovative ideas for the entire humankind. A video message from Ms. Geraldine Acuna-Sunshine, founder and first Secretary General of the esteemed Harvard World Model United Nations, came shortly after. She emphasized the relevance of coming up with viable solutions in this conference to address the most vital issues present in this increasing interconnectedness of the world.
H.E. John Holmes delivered the main message of the opening plenary after. He discussed the power of youth and reminded the delegates about the importance of history once they start coming up with different solutions regarding the issues they will be tackling in the days to come. “Young people and idealistic people can make a difference. You should note the importance of history; lack of awareness of the past is the emergence of fake news,” he said. H.E. Holmes ended his speech with words of encouragement to inspire the participants to do their best in this 19th Benilde MUN. “Be aware. Be sensitive. Study your history. Be passionate and be ready to change the world.”
Mikaela Cloie Perez, Secretary-General, ended the plenary and officially announced the commencement of the conference. There will be five (5) committees participating: General Assembly (UNGA), Security Council (UNSC), Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL).
Among the estimated 350 participants from various universities, there are two deaf delegates in the ECOSOC committee, assisted by two professional interpreters. 15 registered Senior High School delegates from different parts of the Philippines also joined this prestigious four-day event.
The 19th BenildeMUN sponsors and partners are HQ Barbershop, Gardenia, Core PH, ClickTheCity, Borneo MUN, SRM R MUN, SLMUNC, DMUN,USTMUN, and the Benildean Press Corps.
Written by: JP Sium, 19th BenildeMUN World Press