UB studes are delegates in UN conference

UB's Macaullay Raquel at the international conference, which tackled the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

(Photo courtesy of Macaullay Raquel) 


Two students from the University of Baguio (UB) have participated in the Asia World Model United Nations (AWMUN) III conference held in Bali, Indonesia last Nov. 13-16, which was attended by an estimated 2,000 delegates from across the globe.


Macaullay Raquel (Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management) and Leslie Gechelle Dela Cruz (Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice with Specialization in Criminology) represented the University in the international conference.


The conference included lectures and plenary sessions. Each delegate was assigned a specific United Nations (UN) council. Twenty-one councils convened at the conference. Raquel was assigned with the United Nations World Tourism Organization with the topic “Measures to Ensure Sustainable and Environmentally Responsible Tourism in Destinations.” Meanwhile, Dela Cruz was assigned with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees with the topic “Addressing the Issues on Refugee Relocation System and the Violations against Refugees.” The participants were asked to come up with resolutions based on their respective topics.


According to the conference website, the Asia World Model United Nations is a simulation of an actual United Nations conference, where participants are tasked with solving a global issue through research, drafting, lobbying and debate to pass a suitable resolution. They take on the roles of delegates and chairs, representing different countries and working together with other participants from different backgrounds to take part in discussions and reach a solution for the agenda they have been assigned. The topics taken up during the conference are a reflection of real-world issues discussed by the United Nations. They range from general topics such as the rights of religious minorities to specific topics such as improvement of accident safeguards surrounding nuclear plants. The entire process and discussion take place under formal rules of procedure to truly model the format of the UN. 


Day 1

Shared Raquel, “The first day was registration and check-in. We took off at the Ngurah Rai International Airport. We were assigned rooms and roommates. We had our Indonesian lunch which was cool. The committee gave us time to prepare for the gala dinner. The opening ceremony was held during the gala dinner, which was opened by Kishan Buxani (the secretary-general of Asia World MUN III) and Hilda Annisa (the project manager of Asia World MUN III). There was also a talk about ‘The Possibilities and Challenges to the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals’ by Francyne Harrigan, the director of United Nations Information Centre Indonesia. After that, Margianta S.J.D., the youth adviser panel of the United Nations Population Fund, talked about ‘The Roles of the Young Generation in the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.’ Likewise, Sherly Annavita, a social media influencer, talked about ‘Quality Education in the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals.’ After the talks, a symposium was held where ideas were exchanged between the delegates and the speakers.” 


Day 2

“Committee sessions were held on the second day. We were assigned speakers. We were also assigned to draft resolutions on the topics given to us. It was quite an exhausting day, because you have to think of solutions to world problems, but overall, it was a great experience.”


Day 3

“On the last day, we went for a coastal clean-up along Mertasari Beach. We were grouped and had specific locations to clean. After the clean-up, we were toured around Bali. We visited the Water Blow Nusa Dua, one of Nusa Dua’s famous sights. On a good day, the Indian Ocean hits the coastline with brute force, pummeling water through rock channels and up into the air with a whoosh and thump. The volcanic jagged rock formations of limestone and coral around the water blow make for some pretty spectacular nature scenery, too.”


“Next was the Uluwatu Temple, where roaming monkeys can be seen. Cultural dances are also being performed around the area, which has a view of the sea. We were required to wear purple sarong prior to entering the Uluwatu Temple. After the tour, we went back to our hotels and prepared for the awarding and cultural night. During the cultural night, everyone was in there cultural attire, and it was an incredible sight. There were special performances representing the different countries in Asia, and everyone was amazed by the rich culture of Asia.”



Said Raquel, “Joining the Asia World Model United Nations is such a great experience. I learned a lot, especially about sustainable tourism. It gave me the chance to share with other nationalities some problems that we encounter in the Philippines as well as my proposed solutions to such problems. It gave me the chance to meet and encounter great minds and people from different walks of life. It reminded me that we all have the power to do something great for society. It gave me a sense of responsibility to impact change for my community and my country as a whole. It was really fun.”


Meanwhile, Dela Cruz mentioned, “The event has opened my mind to the issues regarding refugees which I didn’t know existed. The things I learned about the plight of refugees – such as when they flee from their country and when they seek refuge in another – gave me a new perspective in life. Now I have deeper appreciation of the liberty I have.”


The event was organized by the International Global Network. – Reports from Macaullay Raquel


 Leslie Gechelle Dela Cruz, another delegate from UB, at the conference

(Photo courtesy of Leslie Gechelle Dela Cruz)


Raquel with his United Nations World Tourism Organization co-council members 

(Photo courtesy of the International Global Network) 


 Dela Cruz with her United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees co-members

(Photo courtesy of Leslie Gechelle Dela Cruz) 


 Dela Cruz and her team during the coastal clean-up

(Photo courtesy of Leslie Gechelle Dela Cruz)


 Raquel wearing a sarong at the Uluwatu Temple

(Photo courtesy of Macaullay Raquel) 


 Raquel with some of the Philippine delegates

(Photo courtesy of Macaullay Raquel) 





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