For the 4th time, AISG high school students (delegates) participate in the Model United Nations (MUN) conference, hosted by Georgetown University in Qatar from March 11-13, 2021, which was attended by over 350 students from schools around Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
At MUN conferences students participate in simulations of the United Nations, where they assume the roles of foreign diplomats to learn about international politics and diplomacy.
The conference aimed at addressing the most pressing issues in international affairs and beyond which included, Biosecurity and COVID-19, Combating Xenophobic Violence against Migrants, Addressing Security Challenges in the West African Region and the Sahel and the Sahel, Water and Food Security in a post COVID-19 world, as well as Abolishing Modern-Day Slavery.
Twelve students from our school have participated in five committees: The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), United Nations Security Council (UNSC), United Nations Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee (SOCHUM), and Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC). A list of the topics each committee considered is posted online at https://www.qatar.georgetown.edu/academics/programs/programs-high-school-students/model-united-nations/
During the conference, our students distinguished themselves through debating, negotiating, caucusing, drafting, and resolutions. Their dedication was awarded in the closing ceremony with receiving an honorable mention award.
At AISG, we believe that participating in such events would play a vital role in the raising the students’ concerns regarding global issues of political, humanitarian, cultural, developmental, and environmental interest. In addition, students were given the chance to improve their rhetoric skills, perfect their knowledge of English which was the official language of the conference, and accept dialogue and negotiation as the only means of solving a conflict.