Students from the Helena Z Benitez School of International Relations and Diplomacy (HZB SIRD) led by Amb. Marilyn Alarilla, were awarded Outstanding Position Papers in the UNEP and UN Habitat III committees on the last day of the National Model United Nations, New York Conference in New York, USA held last March.
The five-day conference allowed the girls to take part in meetings, negotiations, resolution making, problem solving, speeches and voting in the various committees similar to the original set up of the United Nations. The PWU team represented the Republic of Maldives and was assigned in the following committees: United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UN Habitat III, General Assembly 1st, 2nd and 4th Committees, Human Rights Council, and Programme of Action in Small Arms and Light Weapons.
Jal Perez, appointed leader of the group, said that “this experience developed our speaking skills, critical thinking abilities, adaptation to the environment, and test our knowledge acquired in the classroom, especially as aspiring future diplomats of the Philippines.”
Andrea Abello, current student council president also shared that “to be part of the UN General Assembly and become a diplomat for a week has been very memorable.” The experience of being in the United Nations Main Headquarters in Manhattan also inspired the group to continue pursuing their dreams in undertaking a career in international diplomacy.
Members of the delegation are Annette Datingaling, Edsel Pascua, Isabella Galang, Jessah Magallanes, Cyrille Reyno, Danielle Mejia, Andrea Abello, Jolina Enrera, and Leslie Dela Cruz.