The THIMUN (The Hague International Model United Nations) conference is a five-day simulation of the United Nations for secondary school students, which takes place at the end of January each year in the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague. THIMUN now attracts over 3,200 students and teachers from around 200 schools located in countries as far apart as Norway, Australia, China and Ecuador. The students themselves originate from more than 100 different countries.
The Hague, City of Peace and Justice, is closely associated with the United Nations. It is the seat of the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). In addition, The Hague is the seat of the Dutch government and many national and European Union institutions. It is also the residence of the Dutch Royal Family, which has been very supportive over the years. Her Majesty Queen Beatrix was guest of honor at the XV and the XX Anniversary Sessions and Crown Prince Willem Alexander, a former delegate himself, formally opened the XXV Anniversary Session in 1993 and the Annual Session in 2000.
Although the majority of participating schools are English-language-medium schools, a large number of participants attend schools where languages other than English are the medium of instruction. For such students, THIMUN offers an excellent opportunity to expand, develop and put into practice English language skills, on an informal as well as a formal level. All the associated activities such as preparing resolutions, lobbying and debating are carried out in English and a high standard is demanded in the formulation of ideas, whether in writing resolutions or in arguing and debating with fellow students.
Mission of the THIMUN Foundation
THIMUN is organized by the THIMUN Foundation, headquartered in The Hague, in the Netherlands.
The THIMUN Foundation mission is to promote and foster collaborative solution-oriented discussion to important issues by instilling life-long passion for improving our global community into today’s youth, who will be tomorrow’s leaders.
Attendants of THIMUN conferences aims to seek, through discussion, negotiation and debate, solutions to the various problems of the world: e.g. questions of human rights, protection of the environment, economic development, disarmament, the problems of youth and of refugees, as well as the more criticaln issues of war and peace. The young delegates, in seeking solutions to these problems, can learn to break away from narrow, national self-interest and develop true international cooperation.
The research and preparation required, the adoption of views and attutudes other than their own, the involvement and interaction with so many other young people from around the world, all combine to give the young people a deep insight into the world’s problems, to make them aware of the causes of conflict between nations and to lead them to a better understanding of interests and motivation of others.
Thus the THIMUN Foundation, through its conferences and educational programs, attempts to fulfill the aims and goals set by the founders of the United Nations in the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nations: