The eighth annual THIMUN Qatar conference – organised by Qatar Foundation (QF) Pre-University Education – was held at Qatar National Convention Centre this weekend, bringing together 1,800 students from 64 local and international schools to discuss, debate, and propose solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues.
The ceremony, which officially opened with the Parade of the Nations, was attended by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Qatar, HE Dr Bahia Tahzib-Lie, and Neil Walsh, Chief of Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Section at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions’, inspired by UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16). Throughout the conference, participants were given the opportunity to role-play as diplomats and ambassadors through imitation sessions of UN councils, commissions and conferences, debating a range of topics that fall under SDG 16.
Fatima El Mahdi, Head of THIMUN Qatar, said their goal is to equip high school students with the skills, tools, and knowledge to propose purpose-led solutions to global issues. She said that they also strive to amplify the voice of youth by providing a platform for global dialogue.
These young people are our future, and as the largest Model United Nations conference in the Middle East – which continues to grow every year – we are proud to be at the forefront of education in diplomacy and international relations.’
Alongside students from Qatar, the conference also welcomed young people from 13 other countries, such as Japan, US, UK, India, Bangladesh, and, for the first time in THIMUN Qatar’s history, Azerbaijan.
As part of the event, THIMUN Qatar collaborated with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s Education for Justice initiative, and invited many UNODC officials serve as session speakers.
For more information about THIMUN Qatar, visit their website at qatar.thimun.org.