QLC17 – An Interview with Sean Robinson

Interview with Sean Robinson
Interviewer: Oroni Hasan

Sean Robinson is an educator who has been involved in many motivating global projects and organizations. Creator of Connections-based Learning and co-founder of Connected Learning Partnerships, he has connected with educators around the world to advance technology and teaching in order to make the education system more meaningful. This year at the QLC, Sean Robinson will present “SDGs and You,” which will be about the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and how every one of us can help achieve their goals. His conference will teach us how to make a difference by collaborating with other people to abolish poverty, establish equality, and promote peace.

What inspired you to achieve your goals and passions?

Years ago, I went to an international educational technology conference with many questions.  The questions were around apps, technological platforms, and ideas to incorporate technology in my teaching.  Though the conference had many workshops with many answers, I was more taken with the conference attendees.  Connecting with amazing educators from across the planet opened my eyes to new questions. They weren’t around good technology but meaningful teaching.  I went back to my school and began a pursuit of meaningfulness, allowing my students to be involved in meaningful projects, giving up control, allowing for reflection, autonomy, and collaboration.  When I did that, I saw two kinds of projects occurring: insular self-serving ones and connected other-serving ones. I have devoted my life to facilitating the latter.

 

What accomplishments or projects have you done in the past that relate to your interests?

Creating an approach to teaching that is based on connections is my life work. I’m just finishing a book on Connections-based Learning that outlines the approach and gives many examples as to how teachers can use CBL to increase meaningfulness in their teaching, which has caused me to take action on many initiatives. Whether it’s co-founding widespread platforms to help teachers connect in Connected Learning Partnerships or creating an atmosphere in my classroom to help students battle light property or water scarcity, I continue to press into the approach and help others to do the same.

 

How has presenting at the QLC or any other conferences benefited you?

Conferences, for me, are all about connecting with the people. The preparation for this conference has been amazing as I gather stories of students around the world working on the Sustainable Development Goals and connect with champions of gender equality.  But more so, I count it a privilege to be able to meet with students and educators from around the globe during the QLC.  What a great opportunity to mutually benefit each other’s work!

 

What effect on the audience do you hope to achieve after presenting at the QLC??

My desire is that my presentations inspire my attendees to make a difference. Whether it is working alongside some of the initiatives I share, creating their own initiative to help achieve the Global Goals, or making a change in lifestyle regarding gender equality, I hope to motivate my attendees to take further steps on the road to lasting change.

 

Why do you believe the topic you’re presenting is so important? Why does the audience need to know about your topic?

My topic causes us to look at the fundamental need of humanity. As the UN gathered both in 2000 and 2015, they agreed on what we really need to focus: goals that better the globe.  As I share stories of people like you and me making a difference on the Sustainable Development Goals around the world, we can be inspired to help them and to do the same.  Be prepared: I will beckon my attendees to take action.

 

Agenda for THIMUN Qatar 2018 Announced

THIMUN Qatar is pleased to announce its 2018 conference agenda.The theme of THIMUN Qatar 2018 is Sustainable Development Goal 5-Gender Equality and Empowerment for Women and Girls. All committees have one issue that ties to the conference theme.

THIMUN Qatar is also proud to support the work of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and to incorporate many UNODC mandate issues into our 2018 Conference. Mandate topics are noted with an asterisk (*).

The art of topic selection is fairly specific. All topics must be current, under discussion at the United Nations, and linked directly to UN sources. (The Student Officer Background Reports will help guide delegates to those resources.). Each Committee/Commission has one topic related to the conference theme, one to a specific region or country, and two that more broadly relate to the specific committee. UNODC mandates have been spread widely into the conference agenda, and in some cases have been selected to overlap with the conference theme. Again, Student Officer Reports will link UNODC mandate and materials developed through their Education 4 Justice (E4J) initiative back to the topic and shared so that delegates will have the best and most up to date materials available for their research.

Note that Arabic and French committees had been expanded for 2018, and will run parallel committees to their GA3 and HRC 1 English counterparts.  This year THIMUN Qatar will also reintroduce the Advisory Panel Question (APQ), which is a UNODC-themed panel focusing on Crime and Gender. The APQ President will share their findings with the UNODC through a joint communique at the end of the conference.

All background reports will be linked to the website on/around October 31.

GA 1 Disarmament and International Security
Measures to combat sexual violence in conflict zones
Measures to limit the use of the internet for terrorist purposes
Developing strategies to curb incitement and recruitment of young people to extremist causes
Curtailing the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons in all its aspects *

GA 2 Economic and Financial
The question of gender inequality and its impact on poverty eradication
Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory over their natural resources
Promotion of international cooperation to curb and recover illicit financial flows *
Protection of global climate for present and future generations

GA3 Social, Humanitarian and Cultural
Improving the situation of women in rural areas
Strengthening international cooperation to combat cybercrime *
Enhancing protection of child migrants and refugees
Preventing corruption and financial crime in sports *

GA4 Special Political and Decolonization
The question of illegal settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory
Protecting the interests of the peoples of non-self governing territories
Improving Special Political Missions
Towards a united Cyprus

GA5 Administrative and Budgetary
Inclusion of women in peacekeeping operations
Improving the financial situation of the United Nations
Legal measures to reduce tax avoidance by transnational corporations (TNCs) *
Financing of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali

GA6 Legal
Measures to enhance the protection and safety of diplomatic missions
The question of Universal Jurisdiction and national sovereignty and the role of the International Criminal Court
Effects of armed conflicts on treaties
Measures to eliminate international terrorism *

Security Council
The situation in Somalia and Eritrea
The question of Libyan sanctions
The question of DPRK
Measures to curtail all forms of human trafficking and migrant smuggling *

ECOSOC
Reducing vulnerability and building resilience resulting from extreme weather
Addressing the humanitarian crisis in Yemen
Measures to close the economic gender gap
The protection of human rights in the context of terrorism and counter-terrorism *

Disarmament Commission
The question of women, disarmament, non-proliferation and arms control
Strengthening the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC)
Preventing the acquisition by terrorists of radioactive materials
Full implementation of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)

Environment Commission
Promoting sustainable lifestyles in carbon-intensive countries
Promoting urgent measures to promote green energy
Measures to address the increase in zoonotic diseases
Ocean acidification and its impact on ecosystems

Human Rights Commission 1
Strengthening reproductive rights for women
Reviewing the Human Rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Measures to combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief
Mental health and human rights

Human Rights Commission 2
Strengthening legal protections for Women and Girls
Reviewing the Human Rights situation in Myanmar
Ensuring the right to education for persons with disabilities
Ensuring the rights of persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities

Special Committee on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment
Closing the social, political and economic gender gap of Sub-Saharan Africa
Protecting and enhancing the rights of women in Palestine
Improving women’s access to ownership and control of land and other property
Promoting women’s empowerment through information and communication technology

Advisory Panel Question on Crime and Gender *
The Question of human trafficking
The Question of discriminatory penal legislation and policies

GA3-Arabic
Improving the situation of women in rural areas
Strengthening international cooperation to combat cybercrime
Enhancing protection of child migrants and refugees
Preventing corruption and financial crime in sports

تحسين وضع المراة في المناطق النئة
تقوية التعاون الدولي لمحاربة الجريمة الالكترونية
ايجاد طريقة فعالة لحماية الطفولة المهاجرة واللاجئن
منع الفساد والجراءم المالية في عالم الرياضة

HRC 1- Arabic

Strengthening reproductive rights for women
Reviewing the Human Rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Measures to combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief
Mental health and human rights

دعم قوانين حماية النساء والبنات
اعادة النظر في مسالة حقوق الانسان في ميانمار
ضمان حقوق الاقليات من الجنسيات والعرقيات واتباع الديانات واللغات المختلفة
تقوية وتثبيت حقوق القدرة الانتاجية لدى النساء

GA3-French
Improving the situation of women in rural areas
Strengthening international cooperation to combat cybercrime
Enhancing protection of child migrants and refugees
Preventing corruption and financial crime in sports

Améliorer la situation des femmes dans les zones rurales
Consolider les coopérations internationales afin de combattre contre le cyber crime
Renforcer la protection des enfants des migrants et des réfugiés
Entraver les corruptions et les crimes financiers dans le domaine du sport

HRC1-French
Measures to combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence based on religion or belief
Ensuring the right to education for persons with disabilities
Reviewing the Human Rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
Mental health and human rights

Mesures pour combattre les intolérances, les discriminations et les violences basées sur des convictions religieuses
Assurer le droit à l’education pour des personnes handicapées
Revoir la situation des Droits de l’Homme dans la Republique démocratique de la Corée
Maladies psychologiques et droits de l’Homme

International Court of Justice (ICJ)
Nauru vs. Australia
Ecuador vs. Colombia

Sustainable Development Goals: an MUN Resource

Many MUN programs choose agenda items that relate, directly or indirectly to the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.

One resource put together by the THIMUN Qatar office is a collection of SDG links, categorized by goal, for quick and easy reference. In addition to the goals, the compilation of resources includes the statistical data that particular SDG.  Bookmark this site for future reference, and if you find a great SDG site, contact us!  We’ll share it with our community of delegates!