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1,300 participants at THIMUN Qatar meet

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OVER 1,300 participants are taking part in this year's edition of the annual THIMUN Qatar Model United Nations conference.

A partnership programme between Qatar Academy, Qatar Foundation and The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Foundation, it brings together high school students from across Qatar and the Middle East, helping them develop as leaders.

This year marks the 10th year that Qatar Shell has been sponsoring Model United Nations programmes in Qatar. This milestone was recognised at the opening ceremonies of the conference with a special presentation by Rob Sherwin, deputy country chairman for Qatar Shell.

Sherwin delivered a speech at the opening ceremony saying,"Qatar Shell is very proud to have supported this outstanding programme for 10 years since it touches both the human and social pillars of the Qatar National Vision 2030 which we strongly support through its focus on education, teamwork, and leadership".

The event began with an opening ceremony in which hundreds of students presented musical and choral performance. This year's keynote speaker was Ryan Hreljac who focused on the conference theme of sustainable development. Ryan is a compelling model for the young delegates and the power of youth advocacy. While only 22 years of age, his Ryan Foundation has contributed to hundreds of water and sanitation projects in 16 developing countries bringing access to clean water and sanitation to over 685,000 people.

During the four-day conference, the student delegates will be given the opportunity to attend information sessions with international experts, debate global topics such as sustainability, human rights, security, finance and the environment and meet students from over 70 different countries.

Wessam Kanes, this year's secretary-general of the conference, in her opening remarks said,"We are all here today simply because we share a common vision. Many of us would only dream of a world with equal rights to education, no poverty and no discrimination. But it is by our very presence here today that we acknowledge these dreams to be difficult yet achievable realities."

THIMUN Qatar is run on a student leadership model that encourages the participants to get involved in every aspect of the planning, organisation and implementation of the conference's various programmes.

It is the third THIMUN conference to be established after The Hague and Singapore and it continues to serve to develop the burgeoning model United Nations movement in the Middle East.

Dr Eric Sands, director of Qatar Academy Doha where THIMUN Qatar is based, is proud of the school's continuing leadership role in the conference and its other initiatives.


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