DSG Sanskriti Tandon Closes out THIMUN Qatar 2018

Honored guests, chairs, delegates, ladies and gentlemen, and mom, my name is Sanskriti Tandon and it is an honor to welcome you to the closing ceremony of my very last high school MUN conference.

A Russian painter once said that everything starts with a dot. Similarly, our stories start with a dot. A small gesture towards a person can make a friend for a life. The smallest compliment can make someone’s day. A small step into a committee as a delegate can turn into a life changing experience as I hope it did for most of you. The history of the human race and the challenges we have faced all together, only goes to show our resilience and our ability to take one small dot, and turn it into a painting.

Despite this however we are not humans. Or at least not yet. We were all humans until race disconnected us, religion separated us, politics divided us, and wealth classified us. In a world claiming to be united, we are unconsciously putting up barriers, unrealistic expectations and a sense of detachment from those around us.

I consider myself to be a fairly average person. I constantly think ‘if I can do this, so can everyone else’. Growing up in India I had very little exposure to the English language. As a 4 year old, my mom tried to teach me the alphabets so I could get accepted into kindergarten. Although I wasn’t fluent in English, my very first sentence in English was ‘I love you’. I didn’t know what it meant but it seemed natural to say it to my grandmother right before she dropped me on the school bus. But today I wonder, if a 4 year old could muster enough love and care at such an early age, why can’t we? Why is it that as we get older, our sense of compassion diminishes?

As an 18 year old standing in front of you today, I never thought I would have the opportunity but more importantly, I never thought I would have the confidence to speak in front of the 30 delegates in my committee at my very first conference.

However, imagine if we lived in early 1900s. I would not stand here today. Nor would any female in this room. Or any female in the world for that matter. Although it is minor, this conference stands as a testament that the scar of gender inequality is healing. But we can do so much more. We are fortunate in our seats of privilege hence it is why we should do something. Be it taking an initiative to make a refugee feel more welcomed, be it helping to sustain the lives of the elderly in your community or be it as simple as educating a child.

But is not a journey you can take alone and neither did I. For this I want to thank my parents for being the pillars on which I stand here today. Your guidance, vision and endless criticism has never failed to push me past my next hurdles. Thank you to the THIMUN Office for giving me these opportunities to become a different person. To my executive team. Seo Hee, my kimchi and korean BBQ dealer, Juntae to be honest you looked better in that man bun, Aya I wish we got those pink executive badges. Zoe you’re the only person I have been on 2 executive team with and it’s been a pleasure both times. Johann my respect for you went down exponentially this conference but you can’t hate on the Bambino’s. Umm where’s Jeeve? And Sandev for being my day one since debate one. I also want to thank Sanju, Acacia, Sara Ibrahim and Grace for constantly being my support system. And before I forget, Yara, you are still the butter to my chicken.

I know the theme we set for this conference was gender equality but really, there’s only one word in there that you should focus on. If we forget gender, forget race, socioeconomic backgrounds, what do we have left? Equality. But even in a perfect world, we’re all going to have our differences. But those differences can become one of our similarities. Religion, wealth, political structures, these aren’t the problems. The problem is us. We blindly follow in the paths of the generations before us. We blindly put up walls to those who are different to us. Have you ever asked yourself why? Why do you not like that girl just because she has a different skin color? Why do you not like her because she has a different belief?

So I want to leave you with this. The sustainable development goals are just the colors. Gender equality is just a dot. This is what we need to use to create our own painting. Because ultimately, that dot can only ever become a Michelangelo piece if we – each and every individual – moves the brush to create the masterpiece our world can be.

 

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