The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Qatar kicked off in Doha yesterday at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) with more than 1500 students from 70 schools and many countries in attendance. The three-day conference aims to develop leadership skills in high-school students from Qatar, the Middle East and around the world through discussions, debates and negotiations to address the world’s real and pressing problems.
Mohammed Abu Jbara, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager at Qatar Shell, delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony. He said: “Qatar Shell is very proud to have been the exclusive sponsor of this thought-provoking conference for 11 consecutive years. The forum is aligned with our social investment strategy to support the Qatar National Vision 2030, as it focuses on education, team-work, critical thinking and leadership development, which are key elements that contribute to the human and social development pillars of the QNV 2030.”
“Our contributions to the State of Qatar stretch well beyond our direct assets and projects; therefore, it is through our Corporate Social Responsibility efforts, in collaboration with our local partners, that we seek to invest in Qatari talent and deliver long-term measurable impact for Qataris and Qatari society,” he added.
“THIMUN Qatar is unique because high school students are running the conference for their peers” said Lisa Martin, Head of THIMUN Qatar. “My experience with THIMUN programmes has been that students at this grade level are more than capable of running large scale, high calibre events. The conference is a tremendous leadership incubator, and it is an honour to be working with the youth in Qatar as they take the journey from high school student to engaged, empowered young men and women, our future leaders.”
This year schools from virtually all GCC countries, as well as new schools from Oman, India, Tanzania, Jordan, Turkey, China, and even as far afield as Australia and the USA, were in attendance.
During the conference, students will participate in a wide variety of committees such as General Assembly, Disarmament, Human Rights, and Environment Committees. THIMUN Qatar also has a Special Committee and an Advisory Panel that focuses on major issues in the host region. This year a delegation from Afghanistan was also in attendance, allowing for a unique opportunity for youth to collaborate on global issues. The overarching aim is to give students from diverse countries and backgrounds the opportunity to practise tolerance, live together in peace and to seek solutions to the various challenges facing the world through dialogue.
Mr. Ali Reyad Al Ansari
Media Relations Manager
Qatar Shell Company