Sixth Thimun Qatar 2017 Conference Kicks Off

Doha, The sixth annual Thimun Qatar conference kicked off today at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC). The three-day conference is organized by Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Qatar Academy schools and Thimun Foundation with participation of more than 1,800 Model United Nations (MUN) students from over 80 international schools and 36 local schools, representing 87 nationalities.

Students taking part in the three-day Model United Nations (MUN) conference engage in a simulation of the United Nations (UN), designed to educate them about current world events, topics in international relations, and diplomacy.

Participants take on roles as diplomats, discuss and debate international issues, and then develop solutions to the challenges facing the global community through imitation sessions of UN committees, such as the Security Council or the General Assembly.

On this occasion, Buthaina al-Nuaimi, president of Pre-University Education, Qatar Foundation said, “The Thimun conference is now in its sixth year. Through this event, we, at Qatar Foundation, are demonstrating our ongoing commitment to equipping young men and women with the skills and tools to excel, both personally and academically.” Students have been preparing for the conference for nearly five months, conducting sessions and carrying out research in order to be able to represent their countries.

Over the next few days, students will be given the opportunity to participate in a variety of committees addressing a number of topics, including disarmament, human rights, and the environment.

Bahia Tahzib-Lie, ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands , said: “Thimun Qatar is a fantastic event where students are taught leadership qualities and given the opportunity to openly practice those qualities. It’s superb training from where to experience what the UN is about, and to contribute actively and offer fresh solutions.” “The UN is the only legitimate worldwide platform where countries can meet to reach solutions to global issues. These students learn how to give and take, and how to build coalition.

The conference is also wonderfully organized which is reflected in the fact there are so many countries represented at what is the biggest MUN in the Middle East.” Additionally, the Arabic Committee will be running for the third time, allowing students to debate in Arabic; while the French Committee will be launched for the first time this year.

Thimun Qatar Regional Office was created as a joint project between QF’s Qatar Academy schools and the Thimun Foundation, an affiliation programme to develop high quality MUN conferences throughout the world.

Source: Qatar News Agency