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On August 14, the Philippine delegation brought home seven accolades in all councils during the Asia Youth International Model United Nations (AYIMUN) 2023 closing ceremony in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

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Among roughly 435 youths worldwide, seven out of 65 Filipino delegates carved their names in the United Nations (UN) simulation for the councils of the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), World Health Organization (WHO), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). 

Camarines Sur Polytechnic Colleges' Jessa Brioso kicked off the medal haul by winning the Verbal Commendation of the WHO Council. Meanwhile, the University of the Philippines - Baguio's Jose Noel Syguia was named the Best Delegate of the INTERPOL council.

Moreover, Krheza Val Joycel Coronel of University of Mindanao - Tagum Campus bagged the Honorable Mention of the UNESCO Council. 

For the IMF, Angeles University Foundation's Sophia Ramos and San Juan de Dios Educational Foundation's Jhan Merson Ysunza Escaro earned the Best Position Paper and Verbal Commendation, respectively. 

Joshua Manuel Louise Kempis of Ateneo de Manila University snagged the Best Position Paper for the UNICEF Council. Additionally, Franceska Gamutan of Philippine Science High School - Caraga Region Campus snared the Most Outstanding Delegate Award. 

This year’s AYIMUN was held from August 12 to 14. It was primarily held in Berjaya Times Square Hotel, with site visits throughout Kuala Lumpur. 

The conference aims to mobilize the skills of the youth through model diplomacy. It models the operational format of the actual United Nations, boosting the youths' proficiency in diplomacy, international relations, lobbying for resolutions, and general knowledge of the UN. 

Edited by Khezyll Galvan