28 June - 02 July 2019: Come back to the mountain for Aiglon's 70th. Visit our site for more details.
This year was the 51st anniversary of the start of THIMUN and the conference attracted 2,850 delegates from all over the world.
Aiglon was representing Bahrain, a small, but at times controversial delegation. We acquitted ourselves well, with everyone participating in writing at least one resolution. A good number of delegates passed resolutions and all learned from the process. It was a good week.
The conference features more than just debating for the students: the opening speaker was Professor Standing a British professor of Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and co-founder of the Basic Income Earth Network. He held an audience of 1,500 students in the main hall and many more on the live feed in a nearby conference room with his oratory and theory of the precariat.
With no trial at the ICC on our half day, we took the students to “Humanity House” a Red Cross/Government sponsored initiative that enables the visitor to experience something of the hardship of the refugee, (not least one room which features a “mirror” in which your own reflection is not seen). There was also a showing of the documentary “Trumping Democracy”, which showed how Donald Trump used Cambridge Analytica to up his social media presence. The week remains an amazing educational opportunity which we are lucky to have.
As ever the process of the week involved lobbying, merging, and debating resolutions on key world issues. Committees varied in size between 100 (Special Conference) up to 150 (some GA committees). In debate, the conference follows Robert's Rules of Parliamentary Procedure with speakers on the floor speaking and then taking Points of Information. There is huge competition to be a main submitter and taking the floor needs skill and persuasion. Part of the trick is to use the lobbies successfully – which many of our delegates did.
The resolution remains a live document until the final vote and can be - and frequently is - amended until the last moment. THIMUN remains an NGO with the UN and passed resolutions are presented to the UN by colleagues in New York!