THIMUN Qatar is honored to be partnering with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s Education for Justice (E4J) initiative, an outgrowth of the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The Doha Declaration, adopted in 2013 at the conclusion of this Congress, stressed the importance of education as a tool for preventing corruption and crime. To that end, E4J has developed a number of innovative resources, including an MUN Resource Guide, to further its mandates and spread awareness on a wide variety of topics.
THIMUN Qatar was an earlier collaborator with E4J, and is honored to theme the 2019 Model United Nations conference on SDG 16-Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. With only a few exceptions, every committee and commission at this year’s event has an UNODC/SDG 16 agenda item. The Special Committee focuses entirely on ODC’s core mandates. In addition, the majority of THIMUN Qatar’s sessional speakers will be UNODC officials, making their way to Doha to share their expertise with THIMUN Qatar delegates and directors.
THIMUN Qatar is also pleased to host its first Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) using Rules of Procedure that more accurately reflect the workings of this body. Delegates will find much that is similar between traditional MUN and the procedures of the CCPCJ, but there are several significant differences: no voting (but rather, the application of the Vienna consensus, an informal practice used in negotiations on draft resolutions), line by line review of the draft resolution, and the submission of the resolution to the Economic and Social Council, who will vote to approve the resolution.
We would like to thank the E4J team for their guidance and collaboration, for significant contributions to the THIMUN Qatar program, and for helping members of the TQ community put peace, justice and strong institutions at the heart of their learning and debates.