40 years of participation in the THIMUN Conference
ASLP students have been participating in the THIMUN Conference in The Hague for at least 40 years. Following this tradition, last week a group from Upper School students from The American School of Las Palmas attempted to solve problems we face today around the world in the Annual Conference of The Hague Model United Nations (THIMUN). Our students proposed, debated and wrote resolutions which will be sent to the real United Nations in New York. The issues they investigated varied from environmental issues in Antarctica, to violation of human rights in prisons or weapons disarmament.
This year, our students represented delegates from Chile and of course had to debate from this point of view. Over 200 schools participated from over 100 countries such as China, Austria, Ecuador and Norway and there were around 3200 students in total. The American School of Las Palmas is the only school that is participating from the Canary Islands.
The way the simulation works is that each student is assigned a committee and will have to write a proposal for the issue for example on international security or on social and cultural issues in the world. The students then have to debate it, write a common proposal together and will finally vote on the issue.
This year our students have written resolution on questions related to sustainable development, disarmament in post conflict areas, piracy and security in maritime areas or the question of Gibraltar or French Polynesia.
The way it works is that during the first day, delegates meet each other and lobby. They lobby to present their resolution to others and to try to get support and votes for the big moment. The next days are spent in conferences debating. Everything is run by the students and follows parliamentary procedures.
Our students prepare for this event by participating in an afterschool activity every week and by practicing in simulated conferences such as in December when they practiced in Agüimes. For more information you can check the THIMUN website: https://thehague.thimun.org/