This week the annual five-day Model United Nations Conference (THIMUN) takes place. The conference is held at The Hague, The Netherlands. This year, the subject for the Model United Nations is crime and punishment. A complete list of all issues can be found here.THIMUN offers a simulation of the United Nations for secondary school students from all over the world. The first Model United Nations was organised by Mr. Paul Sand from the American school in The Hague in 1965. In 1981 the THIMUN Foundation was established. Since 1991 the Foundation is an NGO associated with the United Nations Department of Public Information .
The object of THIMUN is to give the youth an insight into the world's problems and to seek solutions to problems such as human rights issues, environmental protection, disarmament, international peace and security, through negotiations, debate and discussion. The Model United Nations lets young delegates cooperate in order to search for solutions to these problems. This way, THIMUN helps the pupils to develop a spirit of international cooperation .
Through its conferences, the THIMUN Foundation attempts to fulfil the aims and goals of the United Nations as mentioned in the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations: "to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbours" .
Kofi Annan, former Secretary General to the United Nations, stated the importance of the Model United Nations conference as a source of inspiration and energy for the United Nations system:
"The fact that THIMUN exists to uphold the values of the United Nations among the young is particularly important, since it is from the young that we should draw our energy and inspiration as we strive to make the United Nations effective and responsive to the needs of the people worldwide" .
The conference will be held from 23rd - 28th January at the World Forum Convention Center at The Hague.
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