Diplomacy congress on empathy

‘We can enlarge our circles of compassion so that different nations can be looped into one organic human community.”

Former Vice President and Angat Pinas Inc. Chair Leni Robredo rallied over 150 youth delegates to strive for equal rights and dignity at the recent 24th Benilde Model United Nations.

The largest and pioneering collegiate Model United Nations conference in the country continues its decade-old mission to help students develop their diplomatic skills over discussions of global issues.

Robredo instilled in the students the fundamental purpose of the United Nations as well as the importance of building bridges and transcending boundaries amid interconnecting challenges:

“We are called to reflect the UN and to ask ourselves the tough questions regarding what else can be done to make the world a better place for all.

“Inequality continues to widen, with many from the marginalized sectors getting left farther behind. While those privileged enough to be born with economic head start get farther ahead,” she added.

“Oppressed minorities continue to press against barriers that seem impossible to break.”

Robredo, likewise, stressed the need to expand spaces where self-identity — whether of race, heritage, or sexual orientation — can be freely expressed.

“We are asked to anchor ourselves to the UN’s philosophy, and remind ourselves that it is a space not to exercise power over others but to empower them; not a space to make smaller nations yield to bigger ones but one where we can enlarge our circles of compassion so that different nations can be looped into one organic human community.”


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