ECOSOC readies for presentation of working paper on the second day of the conference

After much lobbying, four working groups turned three during the second day committee session of the Economics and Social Council (ECOSOC) as they continued drafting their working paper in preparation for its presentation on July 14 at 8:00 a.m.

Member States Afghanistan, Switzerland, Somalia, Morocco, and Australia found commonalities in their beliefs and ideals that they made a last-minute decision to merge as one group during the morning segment of the program. From there, three groups began working on the their papers which the Dais recognized shortly after.

The session opened with the continuation of the speaker’s list starting with the delegate of the United States of America. Georgia, who was next in line, emphasized that their population is few, so they highly acknowledged the needs of migrant workers to ensure economic growth.

An unmoderated caucus was in motion when a crisis occurred and the delegates are challenged to come up with a resolution paper regarding a recent terror attack that European States are debating about whether or not they have to deport migrant workers. The participants were quick enough to pinpoint problems and provide solutions. After two sets of unmoderated caucus, the quorum set aside all differences and worked together to form and successfully pass a resolution paper.

“We need to make a feasible solution about it and work together because all of us are involved in this crisis, so we need to address it properly and we must make sure that everyone is contributing their part in the resolution,” said Cesca Balasbas, Representative of United Kingdom, when asked how she handled the crisis committee session.

The delegates then moved towards a 10 minute moderated caucus to discuss the working paper that they made. Adrianne Evangelista, Chair of the Committee, said that each group made good and unique working papers with innovative initiatives that just needs to be finalized. The session was then adjourned until the next morning.

“For the first working paper, their focus would be more on the inclusivity of the invulnerable fractions of society–women, children, PWDs, and those who are engaged in the labor force. They also have a three-step program, which is combating, monitoring, and protection which are also very important. The Dais believe that this paper is the strongest one since they have multifaceted approach in the issue,” shared their rapporteur, Franz Dela Cruz. “For the second one, the sponsors consist of those who are economic giants; that means they are actually those who are booming in the economic sector. With that, they would want to focus more on integrating policies that focus on agriculture since they seen that this is one of the sectors that are usually forgotten, especially since those booming countries tend to focus more on technology and advancements due to industrialization. So including agriculture and recognizing the importance of rural communities, especially those farmers, made this paper unique because they have clauses that focuses on protection of migrant workers, mostly those in the rural sector. For the last paper, it denotes North-South cooperation. Their working group, composed of developing and developed states, made a good point because they could have an inclusive paper since those developed states could actually provide developing states in whatever they need. The developing states, on the other hand, could also provide other incentives for the developed states such as the exchange of migration and sharing of best practices.”


Written by: JP Sium

Photos by: Dhanyl Serato