7th DLSMUN to hold first ever virtual and international conference in its history
The De La Salle Model United Nations (DLSMUN) welcomed the year with its seventh installment of the conference in spite of the quarantine and distance learning setup. This year, the 7th DLSMUN, with the theme “Utilizing Multidisciplinary Mediums towards Global Cooperation in the Post-pandemic Society,” pioneered being virtual and international with over 300 delegates expected to attend the virtual conference on May 8 and 9, 2021, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
“We aim to raise the bar of the Philippine MUN Community to inspire more youth leaders to participate in this platform as well as to recognize the importance of this on a wider scale,” 7th DLSMUN Secretary-General said.
The opening ceremony on May 8, and plenary, and closing ceremony on May 9 of the conference will be livestreamed in the DLSMUN Facebook page which will feature keynote speakers and the UN plenary simulation.
Day 1 (May 8) – Registration – Opening Ceremony – Lunch – Committee Sessions 1 – Break – Committee Sessions 2
Day 2 (May 9) – Committee Sessions 3 – Lunch – Committee Sessions 4 – Break – Plenary – Photo Opportunity – Closing Ceremony
The 7th DLSMUN conference will cover the following topics and committees that are all relevant with the pandemic and anticipated post-pandemic concerns of the global community.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Topic 1: The Role of Biotechnology in the Agri-Food Supply Chain
Topic 2: Mitigating Food Insecurity in Situations of Conflicts and Emergencies
United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
Topic 1: Combatting Politicization and Ensuring Equity for the Global Distribution of the COVID-19 Vaccine
Topic 2: The Myanmar Crisis
United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)
Topic 1: Providing Equitable Access to Off-site Education for Students Amidst the Pandemic
Topic 2: Protection and Sustenance of Civil, Political, and Human Rights of Frontline Activists in the Time of the COVID-19 Crisis
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Topic 1: Transitioning MSMEs in the Global Tourism Sector Throughout the COVID-19 Pandemic
Topic 2: Solving the Global Semiconductor Shortage Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Topic 1: Improving Healthcare Waste Management During the COVID-19 Response
Topic 2: Natural and Energy Resource Management in a Post-pandemic Society
World Health Organization (WHO)
Topic 1: Empowering Multilateral Partnerships in Healthcare Systems Towards Global Recovery from COVID-19
Topic 2: Promoting the Integration of Palliative Care in the COVID-19 Response of Least Developed Countries
Other than this, the 7th DLSMUN hosted its first ever Panel Discussion Series called Train of Thoughts: A Journey to Global Cooperation under the Post-pandemic Society on March 20 to April 30, 2021. Renowned professionals from different organizations and agencies were invited to become panelists.
This panel discussion series aimed to not only educate its delegates as their preparation for the upcoming conference, but also the general public. It has been the goal of this year’s DLSMUN Secretariat to make DLSMUN accessible and educational for all, especially for those who cannot afford to pay to become a delegate (who have been experiencing the exclusive benefits of Model United Nations Conference ever since). This panel discussion series is still accessible for free on their Facebook page.
“As the Director General of DLSMUN, I wanted to create a multiple path approach [“in”] tackling the problems caused by a pandemic through an international effort spearheaded by the generation of the future. We aim not only to connect our solutions but also the people through panel discussions and trainings, in the hope that their advocacies do not stop once the conference is over,” 7th DLSMUN Director General Gio Almonte shared.