Lessons from Qatar and the Model UN

Lancaster Country Day’s Model United Nations class of 18 students traveled to Doha, Qatar, where they participated in The Hague International Model United Nations, an international simulation that is an accredited nongovernmental organization with the U.N.

Participating schools are assigned countries that their students represent in a variety of governmental bodies, from the General Assembly to the International Court of Justice.

It is the students’ responsibility to exhaustively research their country’s policies before the conference, according to a news release. More than 1,000 student delegates from dozens of countries participated in this year’s Doha conference.

Those from Lancaster Country Day acted as six delegates of the Republic of Uganda and 12 delegates of the United Mexican States.

The class had spent months writing policy papers, drafting resolutions and practicing debate in preparation for the conference, the release noted. Students were assigned to a variety of committees focused on topics ranging from corruption in the global fishing industry to nuclear proliferation in the Middle East.

Students visited Souq Waqif, a historic market in Old Doha, and the Museum of Islamic Art. They also rode camels and went “dune bashing” on a desert safari, the release noted.

Source: Lancaster Online