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Future Filipino global leaders recognized at 2023 Jakarta Int’l Model United Nations

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The prestigious Jakarta International Model United Nations (JMUN), the largest international model United Nations in Indonesia, recently gathered diplomacy and governance students for an enriching experience.

A simulation of UN conferences, JMUN offered the opportunity for global negotiations and diplomacy for the next generation of diplomats. Delegates took on the roles of country representatives or news agencies to discuss pressing relevant issues. They joined in council sessions and debates, wrote position papers, and proposed resolutions to world problems.

The participants were assigned to various committees, such as the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), United Nations Educational, Social, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and United Nations Correspondent’s Association (UNCA). Other embodied institutions included the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and the Historical Crisis Committee (HCC).

Attendees and participants are given thw opportunity to discuss current pressing relevant issues at JMUN

The hybrid forum was attended by over 200 participants from Australia, Belgium, Cambodia, Cuba, Greece, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States of America (USA), and Uzbekistan.

The Filipino contingent was comprised of students from the Consular and Diplomatic Affairs, Diplomacy and International Affairs, and Governance and Public Affairs Programs of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Diplomacy and Governance. 

Among the outstanding delegations, Tala Barcena, who represented the United Arab Emirates, earned the Best Position Paper Award in the UNEP.

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde School of Diplomacy and Governance students at the Jakarta International Model United Nations

Jewel Vargas and Hanna Dizon, who spoke for the Kingdom of Spain and the Indonesian historical figure and activist Soetan Goenoeng, were hailed as Honorable Mentions in UNEP and HCC, respectively.

Deirdre Abibas and Cole Casem, who stood for the USA in the ASEAN, plus Yehan Nolledo for the Agence France-Presse in the UNCA, and Bianca Diaz for the Republic of Indonesia in the UNESCO, likewise received Verbal Commendations.

The other members of the Philippine contingent included Marie Alcoriza, John Michael Almaden, Julian Binalla, Bryana Calimag, Cyril Carandan, Mae Claveron, Keziah Cuison, Nathaniel De Jesus, Abraham Dizon, and Nico Mata.

The roster was completed by Justine Mendoza, Kyla Mendoza, Elijah Mercado, Reimund Navarro, Joven Reyes, Maria Roxas, Riana Sison, Frances Toyocan, Lanz Vaswani, and Gwyrdeth Villacarlos.

Program Chairpersons Catherine Dee Samaniego and Maricel Fernandez-Carag accompanied and provided guidance. 

Samaniego shared that the students had intense preparations such as in-depth research and technical writing, and even underwent public speaking drills.

“It broadened and deepened their appreciation of the challenges that stakeholders must address in order to create a path toward a sustainable, peaceful, and inclusive future,” the educator furthered.

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