The Dutch Ambassador, H.E. Bahia Tahzib-Lie, gave us the honour to interview her after her remarkable speech during the opening ceremony of THIMUN Qatar 2017. Her words indicated her excitement and happiness to be present. Ambassador Tahzib-Lie expressed her hopes to be able to interact with us and stated how proud she is to witness so many “amazing motivated, talented, inspirational students who gathered from all around the world.” The ambassador also underlined the importance for the delegates to think outside the box, as well as listen and try to understand delegates from different backgrounds. She admitted it would be challenging as they would have to listen to opinions different from their own. She commented on the great similarities between THIMUN Qatar and The Hague, where people from all around the world come together and solve issues made her feel right at home. “You are the future leaders” she added, “This is the place to be to further develop leadership skills.”
What brings you here to the Opening Ceremony?
“I am representing The Hague, and also the The Netherlands, and I am very proud that this Model United Nations conference has the name of The Hague in the title. And also, I am very happy that we are speaking about peace and justice this year. The Hague is the city of peace and justice.”
What do you expect from the conference?
“I expect fresh ideas, a lot of talented students who are able, after two days of lots of negotiations, to compromise solutions and to be proud of themselves and what they achieved. I am expecting new future leaders—Global leaders.”
Any advice for the delegates?
“To enjoy what they are doing, to challenge themselves, and also to listen to others.”
What is the most challenging part of your job?
“I try to challenge myself to give my best every day and my team is giving their best everyday. I see my job as a continual challenge but also as a pleasure.”
What do you think is the most pressing issue of 2017?
“Migrants, climate change, human rights, CSRS, decent work is very important, everyone should have the right to work. I think the whole range of civil and political rights and economic social and cultural rights are extremely important. So the summary would be Peace, Justice and Development.”