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29/10/2010: Philippine Embassy briefs student participants in National Model UN Conference on Philippine position on UN issues

Philippine Embassy briefs student participants in National Model UN Conference on Philippine position on UN issues

Students from Clark College in Vancouver, Washington met with officers of the Philippine Embassy as they prepare for the National Model United Nations Conference held in Washington, DC from October 29-31, 2010. Minister for Political Affairs Ma. Andrelita Austria (second from left) of the Philippine Embassy led the discussion. The student delegation was led by Program Director Michael Ceriello (rightmost).

29 October 2010, Washington, DC – Nine (9) students from Clark College in Vancouver, Washington visited the Embassy of the Philippines and consulted with Embassy officers on the role of the Philippines in the United Nations and the issues advanced by the Philippines in the world stage. The students are in Washington, DC to participate in the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference on 29 to 31 October. The NMUN programs promote greater understanding of the work of the United Nations and help build skills in diplomacy. The students will act as Philippine diplomats in the NMUN.

Minister for Political Affairs Ma. Andrelita Austria gave the students an overview of the Philippines’ foreign policy priorities and guideposts. Minister Austria also addressed the students’ questions on positions taken by the Philippines on issues such as nuclear-free world, sustainable development, disaster response and rehabilitation, and role of civil society, among others.

“We welcome the opportunity to engage various stakeholders on how the Philippines is an active and responsible player in the global arena. The National Model United Nations is a good program to promote the importance of diplomacy among younger individuals especially in this age where people face common challenges and working together is crucial in addressing them,” Minister Austria remarked. -- END