Doha College One Day Training Conference IX 2019, supporting Qatar MUN

Doha College MUN Executive Team 2019-2020
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Doha College’s One Day Training Conference IX ran on Saturday 23rdof March 2019. This conference was an annual training day and the first conference in Qatar to welcome Middle School Delegates; training the future of MUN, today. The theme of the conference was Securing an Ever-Evolving World; with issues around shocking current, yet antiquated global issued such as child marriage, radicalised youth, and ensuring the health, safety and security of vulnerable populations. 

The largest and most urgent Global Issues are improving every day, and this generation of young people are the most empowered, educated, and engaged in securing basic rights for all, that there has ever been. I would like to think that a part of this is the growth of MUN in Qatar, and the widening of their mental horizons. MUN conferences, especially ones that encourage training and learning such as Doha College’s One Day Training Conference, are proudly leading the way to connecting students to issues seemingly very far from their lives here and now, and for that, THIMUN Qatar celebrates them.  

Middle School MUN Qatar 2019

Article written by Janna Boraei

Middle School MUN-Q is a conference held annually for all middle school students in the spring. For the past year, the THIMUN-Q office has been working towards making the conference bigger than ever by connecting even more with the young students. MSMUN-Q 2019 will hold committees centered around 12 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Selected high school students have been given the position of president of their chosen SDG and been given the opportunity alongside their co-presidents to create their own project based around said SDG.

This allows the middle school students to engage further into the conference while they reach out to the community and make a change.

In addition to that, with the research reports written by all the student officers, the THIMUN-Q office introduced multimedia reports connecting with the young audience of the conference and, giving them a visual insight to each issue at hand. Not only does this connect to the young delegates as a more technological approach but allows each student to pick their learning material at hand as there are many students who learn visually rather than by reading.

Stafford Sri Lankan MUN 2019; Celebrating Qatar MUN

My mind-set about history turned around, and I discovered things that I would’ve never gotten to research about if it weren’t for this day

Crisis Committee of Stafford Sri Lankan MUN 2019
Stafford Sri Lankan MUN 2019

A harmless conversation between three keen activists blossomed into realization of what had been fizzing for almost three years but hadn’t quite taken off the ground. When words became a reality momentum gathered with registration snowballing beyond expectations.

Pressure escalated as designing, changing, printing followed by the incessant buzzing of mobiles with 80+ messages.

Finally, the day dawned! We were lucky to have Mr Neeshad Shafi, Executive Director of the Arab Youth Climate Movement Qatar (AYCM QA) as our Chief Guest and MUN Ambassador as the Guest of Honour. Mr. Shafi is an advocate for social change addressed the gathering of 70 delegates and a team of 20 Admin on the dire need for environmental conservation.

The conference then took off as the delegates were eager to start lobbying their clauses, after a quick round of introductions. Interestingly the entire committee of DISEC and HRC solely consisted of first time participants who made extraordinary progress as a maiden attempt.

Suddenly… there was a call for arbitration from the Crisis Committee as tension escalated with heated arguments and the Ambassador of Japan being kidnapped! It was indeed interesting to listen to the debates of the War Cabinet trying to come to a consensus as the Crisis Analysts were in a quandary.

Wars were waged and won. Laughter and screams rang high. Everyone was tired to the max; but it was nothing less than an amazing day. The effort was all worth it in the end – new connections, new ideas, and a new family blossomed. “My mind-set about history turned around, and I discovered things that I would’ve never gotten to research about if it weren’t for this day”, was what our dear delegate from the Crisis committee mentioned.

We had achieved our purpose of furthering the archive of knowledge of the delegates. The first step we took has not only given the courage to step forward but also proven our capacities and capabilities to soar.

Qatar International School MUN conference 2019; Supporting Qatar MUN

Snippet of the committee of World Health Organization (WHO)

Qatar International School is proud to have hosted its first internal conference, running from the 28thof February to the 1stof March. With approximately 150 attendees and the majority of delegates being those who have only been recently exposed to the world of MUN, our goal was to create a learning environment in which delegates are motivated to speak fearlessly.

Deputy Secretary General, Diovandi Basheera Putra with one of our keynote speakers, Al Jazeera Human Rights Defender Mr. Hassan El Mogummer. 

In the rise of popular media and the face of an opinionated society, the skills learnt in MUN can definitely transform someone’s ability to rise after their mistakes and failure. This is why we have chosen a theme that embodies the persistence of humanity throughout history: Rising from Our Falls. It highlighted ongoing issues like gender violence, as well as notorious ones like the Iraq Disarmament and the South African Apartheid – both of which were heatedly discussed in the Historical Security Council. 

The Executive Team and some of our Student Officers. 

Celebrating Qatar MUN- AKISMUN 2018

 On the 20th of April, Al Khor International School was privileged to host its largest ever conference with delegations from 11 different schools, at the Fourth Annual AKISMUN conference. The conference theme was ‘An Imperfect World’, hoping participants would focus less on our innate flaws as a generation and as a species, but on how they, ‘Generation Z’ must empower themselves to strive for change, in hopes that we can eventually create a world, albeit imperfect, without the injustices we have witnessed since the start of ‘modern’ civilization.

Over the course of the day, the students had engaged in heated, passionate debates over the issues of the agenda. From the ECOSOC debate over the influence of crypto-currency on the economy of nations, HRC 1’s debated over how we can control the development of eugenics, to the debate in CSW regardingmeasures to improve access to legal aid and services for victims of domestic abuse.

Hussein Modak, Principal – BC Curriculum AKIS, Rima Farah, AKISMUN director, Fatima El Mahdi, TQ RC, A Jawhara Al Thani, PUE

The Director and Executive Team were honoured to host the keynote speaker for the night, Ms. Al-Jawhara Al-Thani, the School Cultural Co-ordinator at Qatar Foundation. Her speech had the audience captivated and inspired, as it had allowed us all to view the concept of being imperfect from an unseen perspective. Ms. Jawhara also shared some wisdom of her own experiences regarding the parameters and restrictions of school and university education with some of the Executive Team members, which they had said was very eye-opening and motivating.

AKISMUN (IV) 2018 as a whole marked a historic achievement for MUN within AKIS, and we would like to thank the AKISMUN director, Mrs. Rima Farah, and the Executive Team. To register for next year’s AKISMUN 2019, please email Mrs Farah on Rima.Farah@akis.sch.qa

 

 

Committee Reports for THIMUN Qatar 2018

Committee reports were shared by Zoe Martin-Parkinson, Deputy Secretary General for TQ 2018

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Honorable Secretary General, madame president, student officers, delegates, and guests

I would now like to share the final resolution for this year’s 7th annual THIMUN Qatar conference;

Believing that THIMUN Qatar 2018 has been the best conference ever

Emphasising the importance and the power that THIMUN Qatar delegates have, which is shown through MUN Impact and constructive debate.

Acknowledging that in addition to changing the world, we have a lot of fun while in committees

General Assembly 1: Calls upon member states of the First General Assembly to continue speaking up on issues of disarmament and international security in their own lives following the fruitful debates of THIMUN Qatar 2018

General Assembly 2 Calls upon all delegates to please remove their earpods, sit up straight and don’t request to leave for the Chainsmoker concert

General Assembly 3: Strongly suggests delegates to stay awake and actively ensure all phones aren’t lost 5 times in one day

 General Assembly 4: Commends the delegates of the fourth general assembly for their resilience, grit and tactical reverse psychology

General Assembly 5: Applauds the efforts of the fifth general assembly towards promoting women in peacekeeping operations, and bringing an end to the debate of water being wet

General Assembly 6: Encourages the liveliness and dedication shown in committee, whether it be a thousand amendments from Paraguay or a feud between Syria and Jamaica, it was an honor to chair

Disarmament Commission: Congratulates the disarmament commission on its ability to turn its dreams into goals and the delegate’s ability to dodge questions like they’re in the matrix

Environment Commission: Expresses its appreciation to the environment commission for their rather unique diplomatic personalities during debate

HRC 1: Expresses its appreciation to the committee as a whole for making this experience as enjoyable as it was, from the delegate of Morocco stressing the importance of debate, to the delegate of Spain napping.

HRC 2: Calls upon a majority of the delegates of HRC2 to not keep using personal pronouns and a shout out to sole fellow comedians in the committee, even though the chairs appreciate the energy and enthusiasm of all delegates.

Special Committee on Gender Equality and Empowerment: Urges the delegates of SPC to recognise the fantastic and bready debate they carried out over the course of the conference, and to remember that point’s of information have to be questions

Economic and Social Council: Emphasizes the ECOSOC’s talkativeness and the eagerness for the utilisation of mobile devices, but commends their continued perseverance to contribute to debate

Security Council: Urges the security council to raise a P5 caucus on every single veto

We at THIMUN Qatar, resolve to remain energetic, enthusiastic, and actively seized of the matter.

It has been an honor to serve as a deputy secretary general for this years THIMUN Qatar. Thank you

Qatar’s diplomatic community comes out strong for THIMUN Qatar 2018

HE Ernesto Daniel Plasencia Escalante, Cuba

We were honored to have a tremendous showing from the diplomatic community at the opening of the seventh annual THIMUN Qatar conference.  Over 50 embassies were represented, giving delegates a unique opportunity to interact with Ambassadors and other members of the diplomatic community. It was an opportunity to talk about the issues student ambassadors had been researching for months, and to connect real diplomats with engage global citizens, themselves ambassadors in their own right.

We appreciate the time that so many members of the Diplomatic community gave to our event, and look forward to inviting them next year to the 8th annual conference.

Anna Paolini, Head of UNESCO in the GCC region

Faryal Khan, UNESCO

H.E. Ewa Polano, Sweden

HE Dr. Faizullah Kakar, Afghanistan

HE Adrian Norfolk, Canada

HE Willy Kempel, Austria

Mr. Amjad Al-Mbideen, Deputy Chief of Mission, Jordan

MUN Conferences in the Time of Blockades

There is probably not an MUN program or conference in the GCC region that has not felt the bite of the blockade currently in place against Qatar. I will leave it to future delegate-diplomats to sort through the chaos and find solutions to an events such as these. But for the poor-suffering conference manager trying to keep a chaotic situation from blowing a hole in their conference preparations? Well, here’s a breif recap of the challenges we are facing.

Before I share this, let’s just reflect on the fact that the MUN community is that, A COMMUNITY. As Model United Nations has grown in the region, many of us have worked together, closely together, to support our students in this meaningful academic simulation.  Conferences have been started, student leadership developed, increasing numbers of schools participating in MUN, and more and more teachers receiving Best Delegate training.  Quality of debate has gone up, student initiatives around MUN have gone up, and the prestige of the program in many schools has become an important and driving force in the life of many students.  And many of us have worked very hard for many years to get us to this point.

The blockade has impacted every country with MUN programs and it’s a two way street.

  • Schools cannot travel to Doha for THIMUN Qatar. We lost over 20 schools due to travel restrictions.
  • Airfare in the region has become prohibitively expensive. Schools in Oman got priced out due to airfare costs. They were not alone.
  • Conferences in Bahrain and Dubai, having slowly built up their international clientele for years, found THAT crippled due to Qatar programs not being able to participate in their events.
  • And then there’s Egypt…and Jordan….

And it’s not just conference attendance. This also affects the leadership development of student officers and executives. A skilled student officer can chair at multiple conference, and these experiences help prepare them for leadership roles back at their schools. THIMUN Middle East conferences  are driven by unparalleled student control and leadership. Delegates are not able to debate, but student leaders aren’t able to lead.  The first is bad; the second is unconscionable.

To all my fellow MUN Directors and conference organizers, delegates and students out there, all I can say is ‘hang tough’. This too shall pass. Stand strong in the face of adversity. Schools and Administrations grappling with struggling regional conferences and attendance? Show your MUN programs some love! Your support and a willingness to be flexible will make all the difference in the world to the programs that we all know and love. The MUN community in the GCC region thanks you for that!

And until we can see you in person, THIMUN Qatar sends our love!  We missed you, and we hope next year will be different.

And with that, we now yield the floor to the diplomats in the region. The floor is open.  You may begin….

Shaping Tomorrow: THIMUN celebrates 50 years with anniversary book

Visitors to the THIMUN Hague 50th anniversary conference were in for a special treat: a wonderful book celebrating 50 years of student debate and MUN action, spanning 1968 to the very recent. The book highlighted stories from former delegates, MUN Directors, and individuals who have shaped the organization over its illustrious history.

The book was co-authored by two individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the THIMUN Foundation, David Williams, former chairman of the THIMUN Foundation, and Reinhardt Smit, former THIMUN Conference Manager. Together they clocked in hundreds of hours, sorting through old photos, newspaper clippings and reconnecting with dozens of individuals who have shaped the organization over the past 50 years.

Special highlights include a forward by HRH Princess Mabel van Oranje and special message from the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Jayathma Wickramanayake. THIMUN Qatar related stories were submitted by THIMUN Qatar’s founder, Cameron Janzen, SG and DSG for THIMUN Qatar 2018, Sandev Ferdinando and Sanskriti Tandon, TQ/O-MUN leader Kabir Sethi, and the HELA story by Rahmatullah Hamdard.

You can still purchase Shaping Tomorrow:50 years of inspiring youth.See this link to order. A worthwhile trip down memory lane and a book that should have a place of pride on any THIMUN enthusiast’s bookshelf!

 

SG Sandev Ferdinando welcomes delegates to THIMUN Qatar 2018

Over the past few years, MUN has grown beyond the confines of an activity that simulates United Nations debate. Our generation has been the leading force behind the change in the definition of MUN to one that includes community outreach. We were able to do this because THIMUN Qatar taught an entire generation to walk and soon after run towards our goal of peace and social justice, because as an organisation, it understands that now more than ever we need to pave the way for humanity to fly.

Honourable Foreign Dignitaries, Guests, Directors, Delegates, Ladies and Gentleman,

This is what The Hague International Model United Nations Qatar is about, empowering leaders of the future, and I humbly welcome you to its 7th annual conference as the Secretary General and on behalf of the Executive Committee.

In MUN, we often overlook or undervalue our successes choosing to shine an unflattering light on the world instead. But 7 years on, I’d like to change this. To do this, we don’t have to look further than some delegates sitting in this theatre today – we have planted the seeds to change the future of Afghanistan thanks to a dedicated group of students fighting for their Hope for Education and Leadership in Afghanistan. To do this, we look to the Sustainable Development Goals of today, where in just less than two years, a strong momentum towards gender equality has been achieved.

This movement is in part thanks to all of you present today, and for your support towards THIMUN Qatar in organising this conference themed on the Fifth Sustainable Development Goal: Gender Equality and Women Empowerment. Even though the ending of all forms of discrimination against women has not yet been achieved worldwide, we find hope in the small stories to move us in this direction. Stories such as those of a Malawian Chief who annulled 330 child marriages in a country where over 50% of girls are married before the age of 18. Stories from my home country of Sri Lanka, when the government finally said that the Time’s Up after the creation of a Women and Child Abuse Prevention Bureau.

These stories are real, these stories are human, and it’s with this in mind that a project like MUN Impact came to be. We often talk of students engaging in MUN outside of the classroom, but how do they do this? What does it look like? How can a student possibly make a difference in the world? I urge you all to go to the MUN Impact Zone, the first of its kind for this conference, and speak to students and organisations and witness first-hand what real Impact through MUN looks like.

SDG5 is such a vital goal, as we need the full participation of women if we are to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The message we send to boys and girls today is that “men simply are who they are, but women have to construct who they are”. If we are to change this damaging social norm, we, men, also have to be a part of the conversation. We should not be trapped by our own masculinity. It isn’t emasculating to be champions of gender equality if we want all victims of domestic violence to stop questioning themselves “why me” ever again.

We run this conference in a background of regional political instability. We are saddened that our friends, long time debate partners, have not been able to come to this conference from the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Egypt. But do not be mistaken, though some of us have been made silent, our voices have never been louder.

When we can’t debate together physically in one room, we go to Online Model United Nations, a platform that has revolutionized the way we connect and debate. When we can’t listen to stories of impact and hope, we take our conversation to Twitter and Facebook where we can continue to be passionate advocates for the SDG’s. And when we can’t express our own opinions and fight for peace, and love, and hope, we become more united.

Everything I’ve mentioned is just a glimpse of what you can find and expect at this conference. Take the time to explore outside of your comfort zone, continue to ask questions and voice your own opinions, but most importantly, make memories that last a lifetime. Doing all of this has made my MUN journey so rewarding – so to those I’ve debated alongside with for years or to those I’m yet to meet at this conference, thank you for your support along the way. To my teachers and MUN directors, thank you for making me question the world around me, to my parents you’ve taught me a lot about compassion and perseverance; qualities which are needed in diplomacy today, and to the Executive Committee, thank you for our friendship over the years – Sanskriti for being my debate partner since day 1, Johann for your incredible sense of humour, and Aya for your need to have everything in pink – just to name a few people.

And lastly, to Mrs. Martin, as you move on from your position as the Head of THIMUN Qatar this year to seek new adventure, your presence will be greatly missed. Like so many of us, you’ve made me into a “foot soldier of the United Nations”. You are the reason I’m on this stage today. I don’t know what I’d be doing if I didn’t muster up the courage to speak to this tall lady at an MUN conferences years ago. But your vision for the future of MUN, which you’ve laid out for me on Whatsapp at 2am, tells me that we are only going to be working so much more together from now on.

And to you all I say have the “audacity of hope”, as Barak Obama said, because you can’t understand the preciousness of hope, the pricelessness of hope until hope doesn’t come. But hope only takes you so far. If we, our generation, want to create this new world, we have to be on the table and not on the menu where others dictate what our future is to be. Dare to dream bigger in the face of adversity. Dare to dream, because now more than ever, we need to pave the way for humanity to fly.

Thank you.