Students fight against poverty at THIMUN Qatar

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Doha: The 11th edition of THIMUN Qatar brought together hundreds of young delegates from around the world to discuss, research and propose solutions that will help end poverty in all its forms.

The four-day conference focused on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 1 (SDG1) as well as the challenges of poverty reduction in the post-pandemic era.

It was organized by THIMUN Qatar Regional Office, which falls under the Qatar Foundation Pre-University Education and was co-established with THIMUN (The Hague Model United Nations) Foundation.

HE Marjan Kamstra, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Qatar, who spoke at the opening ceremony, spoke about the importance of linking the SDGs to poverty eradication – including quality education, gender equality and economic growth.

She also explained how, according to the United Nations, developing countries are most at risk during and after the pandemic – both as a health crisis and as a social and economic crisis.

“The world can use your fresh ideas for the future that really belongs to you – it is the world you live in and that you will also leave to future generations,” she said at the end of her speech.

“So I’m going to ask you to look around this virtual environment as well and see all the inspiring delegates around you who are just like you committed to making a difference and contributing to social change.

“I wish you a successful event, that you experience new things in the coming days, learn a lot and come up with ideas that you can implement in the future.”

Giulia Pinna, an 18-year-old Italian student at Doha College, is the Secretary General of THIMUN Qatar 2022.

During the opening ceremony, she underscored the importance of tackling SDG 1, saying: “Almost half the world’s population still lives in poverty, and a lack of food and clean water kills thousands every single day of the year.

“We will not be able to solve global problems from the spaces we sit in now, but by gaining skills, knowledge and understanding at THIMUN Qatar we are building the tools we need to work at decision-making tables to sit.

“We will be able to feed the hungry, eradicate disease and give everyone in the world the chance to thrive and live productive and affluent lives.”

Over the course of the conference, around 400 participants aged 15 to 18 took part in the simulations of 14 UN forums. With 193 member states of the UN, represented by young people from 55 nationalities.

Students also had the opportunity to learn about different cultures, backgrounds, opinions and beliefs.

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