The General Assembly (UNGA) first committee session proved fruitful as three working papers were already acknowledged out of the seven working groups present in the ARG Theater of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde on July 12.
The delegates were quick enough to come up with a unanimous decision in setting the agenda to 2-1, just after one unmoderated caucus that lasted for 30 minutes in the early segment of the session. The prioritized topic was “Safeguarding the Social Inclusion of Child Refugees and Asylum Seekers.”
Many delegates stressed out the importance of the said issue to the Dais and their fellow participants. The Delegate of Estonia expressed his sentiment on the importance of accessible education for all, and encouraged other Member States to form a collaborative effort to address the issue.
Numerous delegates strongly voiced out their respective stances during lobbying and committee sessions, such as the representatives of Bahrain, Italy, Israel, Bangladesh, Estonia, Jordan, and South Africa, and others. When interviewed about the turnout of the first day of the conference proper, the Delegate of Italy, Keano Santos, shared “Today’s session was great. It was a really collaborative session. There were a lot of people cooperating and they were very inclusive, so it was a good sign. I look forward to working with them tomorrow.”
Headed by the Dais––Anton Valde as the Chair, Bria Tamayao being the Vice Chair, and Jovelle Balani and Erylle Popatco as their rapporteurs, there were 86 participants present in the first day of the UNGA committee. “I loved the energy. I loved the excitement of everybody,” said Anton. “Knowing that the General Assembly is the largest committee, we have a lot of ideas that came in so I’m really happy that the delegates really know how to participate and they were really active.”
The second day of Benilde MUN is expected to resume by 8 a.m. in the morning on July 13.
Written by: JP Sium, 19th BenildeMUN World Press
Photos by: Ryan Feliciano, 19th BenildeMUN World Press