In a world facing the increasing polarization and entrenchment of views and standpoints, the importance of preserving and promoting constructive, open dialogue on a global scale is clear.
Qatar recently provided the setting for such dialogue to happen, as the 18th edition of the Doha Forum – held under the theme of ‘Shaping Policy in an Interconnected World’ – brought together international experts, academics, politicians, and decision-makers to exchange ideas, build action-oriented networks, and guide policy-making processes.
Central to the forum’s ethos is the desire to drive change, create action, and shape behavior – qualities which are reflected by Qatar Foundation (QF), an institutional partner for this year’s event, as well as the umbrella organization for participating entities such as Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s Qatar Computing Research Institute and Georgetown University in Qatar, one of QF’s international partner universities.
Indeed, QF is dedicated to equipping men and women with the tools to create solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues, striving to provide opportunities to the local community to become active global citizens.
A key component of this goal is engaging young people, and last month, ahead of the Doha Forum, QF member QatarDebates co-hosted the inaugural Doha Forum: Youth Edition. And, as part of its belief in the capacity of Qatar's youth to be change-makers and thought-leaders, QF – through its Pre-University Education mission area – is currently preparing for the upcoming eighth annual THIMUN Qatar conference, taking place from January 22-25, 2019.
The Model United Nations conference will bring together nearly 1,800 students from over 67 schools around the world to role-play as diplomats and ambassadors through imitation sessions of United Nations’ councils, commissions, and conferences.
“At Qatar Foundation, we strive to create global citizens, who will become agents of meaningful change and, consequently, the leaders of tomorrow,” says Fatima El Mahdi, Head of THIMUN Qatar.
“Today’s youth is the future of our world, and by providing opportunities for young people to discuss, negotiate, and debate, through initiatives such as THIMUN, we are helping to catalyze global change, and build a better world for generations to come.”
This year, the theme of the conference is ‘Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions,’ inspired by UN Sustainable Development Goal 16 (SDG 16). THIMUN Qatar will also partner with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, which will see many UNODC officials serve as sessional speakers at the event.
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