The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) began its three-day session on July 12, 2017, at Halle De Rheims, Angelo King International Centre of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, with the agenda topics set to default (1-2).
The body decided to focus on “Migrant Worker’s Rights as a Pathway to Sustainable Economic Growth” as the primary agenda, to be followed by agenda topic “Expanding Corridors for Development in Rural Areas through Community-Based Education.”
The Delegate of Fiji stressed in his opening speech that poverty, food insecurity, terrorism, and abuse are among the reasons why migration increases as a form of oppression that continually strike out on different sectors of society. This was supported by the Delegate of Lebanon as he reiterated the change in trend of migrant workers and pointed out the primary purpose of pushing forth the agenda. “The reasons of migration vary between social, economic, and security purposes but what we are looking now is the sustainability and protection of migrant workers,” said the Delegate of Lebanon.
After an unmoderated caucus, a consensus was formed amongst the delegates to pursue a resolution that will provide and promote the human dignity and rights of migrant workers. With a quorum of 41 members, the council began the formulation of working groups. ECOSOC set a milestone in history by opening its doors to two members of the School of Deaf and Applied Studies as the Delegates of Ghana, and Antigua and Barbuda as well as having a number of Senior High School Students from different schools across the Philippines.
ECOSOC was presided by the dais––Adrianne Evangelista as the Chair, EJ Quimba as the Vice Chair, and Franz Dela Cruz as the Rapporteur. The next committee session will resume on July 13 at 8:00 a.m.
Written by: Ish Dargani
Photos by: Kriston Villas