A Voice in the Crowd - THIMUN 2017
📸Claire Shi (Year 10) addresses the Human Rights Council.
More than ever before, modern-day leaders must show compassion, demonstrate creativity and have excellent communication skills to achieve consensus. The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) is a unique opportunity open to students to engage in debate and discussion of global issues in the spirit of the United Nations. From 21-24 November 2017, one Year 10 student participated in this rewarding leadership initiative at Hwa Chong Institute, Singapore. Claire Shi (Year 10), reports:
In four days of drafting, lobbying and debating, I experienced the work of a UN representative first hand. The conference held approximately 800 students from all corners of the world - China, Taiwan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Thailand and local Singaporeans.
I represented Amnesty International in the Human Rights Council (HRC) alongside 44 other delegations. Here, we worked in blocs to draft a resolution of a chosen speciality topic that would comprehensively solve the issue at hand. These drafts were then debated, amended and voted upon. The HRC covered some grave issues including human trafficking, Occupied Palestine, protection of the rights of the disabled, the DPRK, child sexual exploitation and Australia’s very own detention centres. There was much vigorous discussion.
Over the course of the conference, the HRC spent four days in deliberation, six passed out of nine resolutions, entertained 40 amendments, listened to 175 speeches and listed to 442 points of information raised.
THIMUN allowed me to develop skills in research, problem solving and debate. Unlike other speaking and debating activities, the objective of THIMUN was not to win but to negotiate. Delegates were urged to put aside self-interested notions in order to reach a constructive compromise. I was able to learn the true meaning of diplomacy and the importance of the UN especially in the modern day. THIMUN was also an opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Singapore and form lifelong friendships.
Claire was fortunate to address the HRC making speeches on several occasions voicing the views of Amnesty International. Apart from presenting her main speech to Council (focussing on the rights of the disabled), Claire raised many salient points of information. Working with an international bloc from Germany and Qatar, co-submitter Claire was instrumental in ensuring the resolution was passed with an overwhelming majority: 38 (yes), 0 (no), 7 (abstain).
Annually in November, this valuable International Tour is open to Years 10 and Year 11 students looking for an intellectual challenge and is for those who are passionate about international diplomacy and finding solutions to global issues.
Head of Speech, MUN Director