The Miriam College Department of International Studies (MCIS) held its 6th Model United Nations via Zoom last November 13-14, 2021, with the theme, Because It’s 2021: The Empowerment of Women and Girls.
The MCIS-MUN is patterned after the Model United Nations of the Far West to provide students the opportunity to assume the role of country representatives. This year, the General Assembly, Third Committee, Fourth Committee, UNHCR Executive Committee, and the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) convened to tackle the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls and its implications on the Sustainable Development Goals.
The representatives of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, India, and the United States delivered their speeches during the Opening Plenary Session, who were also the delegations with the highest scores on their pre-conference documents in each of their regional blocs.
The following countries were elected as Special Rapporteurs: Brazil from the UNHCR and CSW, Iran from the Fourth Committee, and the United States from the Third Committee. During the Closing Plenary session, they reported to the entire UN body the activities and achievements of their committees. They highlighted that despite the various barriers hindering women’s empowerment for sustainable development, the international community remains committed to addressing these in the humanitarian, political, and socio-economic dimensions, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some students were also recognized for outstanding achievements, such as best policy papers, best delegates, and best delegations. This year’s MCIS-MUN has truly emphasized the interdisciplinary nature of international relations and global issues, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating issues and hindering the progress towards sustainable development. The delegates of the 6th MCIS-MUN have shown their skills in critical thinking, leadership, and communication, proving that this was a learning opportunity for growth and a bright future ahead. By: Carriza Arambulo