After a fruitful first day with three acknowledged working papers, the General Assembly Committee started their second committee session at 8:30 a.m. with a brief speaker’s list, opened by the Delegate of Lithuania who spoke about the focus of his working group, which was on free access to education of child refugees.
Her statement was supported by her working members and speakers, Italy and Germany. The delegate of Venezuela once again emphasized the GA’s first agenda, saying, “Refugees are also humans. They do also have basic rights as human beings.”
The GA went into unmoderated caucus to work on their working papers until Secretary-General Mikaela Perez arrived and informed the committee about a crisis in Qatar with the Middle East. The committee entered into a Crisis Committee and began to discuss possible solutions among themselves as the Dais gives out frequent updates of what is happening in the region. After 40 minutes of unmoderated caucus, the delegates were able to come up with a draft resolution paper in response to the issue. It focused on providing international aid and shelter to the affected in Qatar, deployment of peacekeepers by the Security Council, and possible talks between Qatar, Bahrain, Libya, and other affected countries.
UN Security Council then called the delegate of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea from the committee session to respond to an issue involving the country after a two-thirds majority vote from the Assembly. Meanwhile, the GA’s very first draft resolution paper was passed and recognized by the Dais during the second unmoderated caucus.
In the afternoon, the delegates, along with those from the other four committees attended a seminar entitled, “SDGs: Evolution, Negotiations, Philippine Initiatives, Challenges” by guest speaker, Mr. Val Roque, UNIO Environmental Security Director from the Department of Foreign Affairs. Mr. Roque discussed the evolution of the SDGs from MDGs in order to accommodate the changing global trends and issues as well as the initiatives the Philippines is taking and its challenges.
The last session of the day ended with four working papers passed, with two papers merged as one, and two draft resolution papers recognized by the Dais. Five working blocs are also acknowledged.
Tomorrow will be the last day of the conference proper, starting at 8:00 a.m. The Dais hopes to have the remaining working papers be recognized as draft resolution papers by July 14, 2017.
Capping off the 19th BenildeMUN conference will be the International Night at the ARG Theater from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The event is open to all delegates and admission is free.
Written by: Danna Sta. Ana
Photos by: Ryan Feliciano