THIMUN The Hague
On 6.30 AM Saturday Jan. 27, four nervous Grade 10 students and I boarded a van to begin our journey to The Hague. For the first time in many years, AST was represented at THIMUN The Hague, the most prestigious THIMUN conference. 3000 youth from around the world gather at The Hague each year for the United Nations simulation known as MUN (Model United Nations). Each delegate represents a country or UN organization. AST students aptly represented the IMO (International Maritime Organization) in debates about marine pollution, child brides, human trafficking and sustainable development. The King of The Netherlands, Willem Alexander opened the 50th conference. His daughter, the Princes Margarita, spoke to delegates at noon one day about child brides.
Sean Ko was the school Ambassador of IMO. He said “THIMUN the Hague is not just about big, it's also about being international. Through this conference, people from all around the world compete and discuss relevant global issues that are troubling the earth. It feels almost like a miracle to me when I encounter those fresh, unprecedented ideas from those people over the days in THIMUN. "-Sean Ko
Nordy Chen describes THIMUN as an event that “taught me better social skills, and also strategies to become a better speaker on stage."
Delegate Selina Fu enjoyed attending THIMUN The Hague because "it gave me opportunities to meet, communicate, cooperate, and become friends with many people from different countries and diverse cultures, and although the weather was freezing cold, I really enjoyed the clean and organized environment over there."
“I am very pleased in joining the 50th Anniversary of THIMUN The Hague. Throughout the conference, I enjoy the moments discussing about the current global crisis occurring now with the people from all over the world. I learned during that experience that despite some of us discussing about the same issue, we could have different perspectives on how a global issue can be solved. Despite the extreme cold weather at the Hague, but the passion and energy that every delegate has during conference time has lighten up my morale for MUN conferences.” – Henry Wang
Courtesy of Sylvia Mason Wiebe, MUN Director