Posted on February 01, 2016

The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) Qatar kicked-off in Doha last week at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) with more than 1700 students from 87 nationalities in attendance. The three-day conference aims to promote the development of leadership skills amongst high school students through discussion, debates and negotiations that address real world problems and pressing global issues. Qatar Shell has been the sole sponsor of THIMUN in Qatar for twelve consecutive years.

Mohammed Abu Jbara, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Manager at Qatar Shell, delivered a keynote speech at the opening ceremony saying, “Qatar Shell is very proud to have supported this outstanding program for 12 years since it first started as the Qatar MUN Programme then became The Hague International Model United Nations Programme five years ago. THIMUN 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 key objectives of the THIMUN programme are well-aligned with Qatar Shell’s CSR strategy, as we are committed to supporting and delivering sustainable contributions that positively impact Qatar’s society. A vital part of our CSR strategy includes collaboration with key local partners, which help to reinforce Qatari talent and capabilities,” he added.

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Qatar Shell’s CSR programs support the development of the State of Qatar, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030. In addition to the development and training of around 300 Qatari staff, Qatar Shell also contributes to national talent development in society more broadly. Examples of this include: The Enterprise Challenge Qatar, TAFAWOQ the Project Management Centre of Excellence and KOORA TIME, a five-year sustainable initiative designed in partnership with the Qatar Football Association to improve the health and wellbeing of Qatar’s youth through football.

“THIMUN Qatar is unique because it is student led, with high school students running the conference for their peers” said Lisa Martin, Head of THIMUN Qatar. “The event allows students to discuss challenging international issues, but perhaps more importantly, by allowing students to organize this event, it is an important opportunity for students to practice real-world leadership skills on an international scale. I am immensely proud of their contributions to civil and informed discourse and their ability to host such a tremendous event.”

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This year schools from virtually all GCC countries were represented, in addition to new participants from Indonesia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Spain and Taiwan. During the conference, students participated in a wide variety of committees including a General Assembly, Disarmament, Human Rights, and an Environment committee. THIMUN Qatar also hosts a Special Committee and Advisory Panel that focuses on major issues in the host region, allowing for a unique opportunity for youth to collaborate on current global issues. The overarching aim is to give students from diverse countries and backgrounds the opportunity to practise tolerance, peaceful collaboration and problem resolution to address various challenges facing the world through debate, dialogue and collaboration.