The Marist Debate Society embarked on a journey last February 12 and 13 when they virtually participated in the 3rd Xavier School Model United Nations Conference with the theme “Empowering leaders to forge a path towards sustainable innovation.”

Marxus Magisa, secretary of the Marist Debate Society, recalls the conference’s events. The first day of the conference began with a plenary of introductions, such as an overview of the event and the direction that the delegates will take. They were then led into their respective committees to vote on the topics to be discussed. 

The delegates have the freedom to select one of the five committees, each of which has a topic related to the conference’s theme. To work on their draft resolutions, the committees spent hours debating ideas about their respective topics.

As the committee sessions came to an end, the committees reconvened for another plenary to hear from invited guest speakers, one of whom was Ambassador Enrique Manalo, the Philippines’ permanent representative to the United Nations.

The committees met again on the second day for further discussions and debates on their respective draft resolutions. Later, the delegates gathered for a plenary session during which each committee’s passed draft resolutions were presented.

During this stage, other committees are free to ask questions regarding the presented resolution paper. After the resolutions were presented, the event moved on to the presentation of formal awards for the event, which concluded the entire conference.

The conference was significant to the delegates, particularly those from the Marist Debate Society. According to Magisa, the conference incorporated many of the Marist core values. “…the reason you should join MUNs is not for the awards, but for the friends you’ll make, and the Marist core values greatly helped in this step in making friends,” he added.

Magisa had also expressed his thoughts on the significance of this event.

“The importance of MUN is really to give light to these problems that a lot of us might not realize are already affecting our brothers and sisters. It keeps us aware, trains us to be the future leaders and change-makers of the future, and even practices our ability to work together into ensuring that everyone will be able to say goodbye to the problems they’re facing.”

Michaela Divino // Image from Xavier School Model United Nations Facebook page

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