UA&P students awarded at National Model United Nations

L to R: Kyla Uy, Samantha Espino, Carmela Bartolome, Elle Camara, Joshua Del Pilar

With their exceptional performance at this year’s National Model United Nations in New York (NMUN-NY), UA&P students bagged two awards at the world’s largest and oldest ongoing intercollegiate Model UN.

Joshua Del Pilar received the “Outstanding Position Paper Award” for his paper “Sustainable Recovery from COVID-19 and Monitoring Inclusive Sustainable Development in the Anthropocene.” This award is only given to a maximum of 2 representatives per committee, or only 42 out of 1,500 students in total.

The UA&P delegation also received the “Distinguished Delegation Award,” the second highest recognition given to delegations by UN Committe Directors. This is given to delegations that emerged in the top 10 percent of all participants.

This year’s NMUN-NY saw the participation of 408 universities from 79 different countries all over the world.

Representing the Federal Republic of Germany, UA&P sent five representatives to be in four different UN Committees: Kyla Uy in UNICEF, Samantha Espino in UNRWA, Elle Camara and Carmela Bartolome in UN Women, and Joshua Del Pilar in UNDP. The National Model United Nations ensures that no participant will get their country of origin in order to maintain unbiased research and to equal the playing field.

The five-day competition consisted of an average of eight-hour committee sessions per day where representatives are tasked to deliver diplomatic speeches, write UN resolutions, and negotiate with other Member States in their respective UN Committees.

NMUN is an NGO that advances understanding of the UN and contemporary international issues. It has been formally associated with the UN Department of Global Communications since 1982 and a UN Academic Impact member since 2013.