From December 6th through 8th the International School of the Americas hosted the fifteenth annual Model United Nations San Antonio conference at the Municipal Auditorium. Staff Member Katherine Sotelo was one of the freshman students that wrote articles for the conference. Her article focuses specifically on the United Nations Children’s Fund committee.
An introduction is over in less than ten seconds in a time of only two minutes. The topic at hand is one that will help the children without names, nationalities, or identities. The goal of the meeting: to help the children that do not exist.
The fifteenth annual Model United Nations San Antonio was held earlier this week. Sponsored by the International School of the Americas, students from across the globe came to be a part of the conference.
In the basement of the Municipal Auditorium, a group of over 50 students representing a variety of countries from around the globe sit in a room discussing the topic of birth registration under the United Nations Children’s Fund [UNICEF] committee name. This is one of several committees at the Model United Nations San Antonio [MUNSA] fifteenth annual conference.
“Birth registration is important because it gives the baby or the children a right,” Houston Academy of International Studies student and Slovenia representative Elma Prejean said. “If they aren’t registered it’s like they’re invisible; it guarantees a child a better life than if it wasn’t registered.”
Countries such as Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh have the lowest percentage of birth registration in the world. Seen in these countries are two main issues keeping people from registering their children at birth.
“There are two issues, the first one is that parents don’t realize the importance of spreading awareness and they second problem don’t really have a place where they can go and register,” Home schooled student and Iceland Representative Katherine Ray said.
In order to help the the countries with low registration percentages, the idea of countries with more registered births helping these countries arose.
“The very first thing we need to do is to address why they even need to do it before we spend a lot of money to create building that we can use,” Ray said. “Iceland definitely supports mobile units; anything to spread the awareness is absolutely supported by Iceland.”
The fifteenth annual MUNSA conference was held at the Municipal Auditorium.
Once the delegates established that the best way to go forth with birth registration promotion is to establish mobile units of advertising, the students had to focus on how these units would work in various countries with different economic situations. Although many found them beneficial, some begged to differ.
“Locally I think that it would not be a good investment because Nicaragua’s streets are very damaged because of it’s geographical position; it’s prone to hurricanes and natural disasters so vehicles will not pass through and a lot of fuel would be wasted.” Colegio Cambridge de Monterrey and Nicaragua Representative Gabriel Garcia said. “Initially I do not think that mobile units would be a good idea.”
After two fifteen minute un-moderated caucuses and several debates on the establishment of mobile units to help the invisible children throughout the world, the delegates sanctioned for a third caucus to discuss the topic in order to give a voice to the children that do not exist.