WHO and SPECPOL set the agenda to 2-1, SC by default

The different committees of the 19th Benilde Model United Nations all started their first formal sessions successfully, as the delegates of each committee have already set their agenda topic and formed their respective working groups on July 12. The committee sessions across three campuses kicked off with a brief MUNPro session to keep the delegates fueled for the whole conference.

A heated debate escalated between the Delegates of China and Russia in the Security Council (SC), discussing which agenda should be tackled first. SC, composed of 15 delegates, has set the agenda to 2-1 pursuing the agenda topic “Combating Global Terrorist Financial Networks” as their primary focus. The delegates began the formal session with a 15-minute unmoderated caucus motioned by the United States and a 5-minute extension was added to further discuss the setting of agenda.

As the session came to an end, various working groups were formed. Delegates of China, US, and Russia spearheaded their respective working groups. The SC, situated at the UN Simulation Room at the Taft Campus of De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB), was led by Lev Ramboyong as the Chair, Adrian Macasaquit as the Vice Chair, and Sheillyn Pingol as the Rapporteur.

Meanwhile, the delegates of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the SDA Cinema has set its agenda to 2-1 by majority vote, as they deem the need to address the shortage of clean water worldwide, focusing on the agenda topic “Formulating Sustainable Solutions in Addressing the Global Shortage of Clean Water.” Headed by Carlos Miguel Llamas as the Chair, Charmaine Argana as the Vice Chair and Celine Grace Abella as the Rapporteur, WHO produced several working groups at the end of the committee session.

In spite of their different opinions within the committee, the delegates of the Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL) at the Duerr Auditorium have voted to prioritize the agenda topic “Assessing The Peaceful Use And Exploration Of Outer Space.” The committee as led by Chair Kelly Andres, Vice Chair Lyca Yniguez, and Rapporteur Sophia Talja conducted a number of caucuses, both moderated and unmoderated transpired, in order to give the delegates a shot at forming working groups early in the conference. The agenda was set to 2-1, prioritizing the agenda topic “Intensifying Cooperation in the Peaceful Use and Exploration of Outer Space,” followed by agenda topic “Reviewing Sustainable and Viable Means of Assisting Non-Self-Governing Territories.”

The next session will begin today, July 13, from 8am to 5pm at the same respective venues. In the afternoon, delegates will join a seminar headed by DFA Director for Environment and Climate Change Mr. Val Simon T. Roque, before carrying on with their respective committee sessions.

Written by: Jhey De Leon, Mark Recto, Danna Sta. Ana, 19th BenildeMUN World Press

Photos by: Ryan Feliciano and Dhanyl Serato, 19th BenildeMUN World Press