Peace, Law and Justice: ASH High School Students participate at the 56th THUMIN
The 56th The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) conference took place at the World Forum in The Hague last week. Welcoming over 3000 students from nearly 200 international schools across the world, the conference was a 4-day experience of debates, discussions, and ideas simulating the United Nations.
 
American School of The Hague (ASH) has had a deep relationship with THIMUN. In addition to sending a delegation of students annually, ASH was critical in founding THIMUN, which started as a small, local Model United Nations conference hosted by the school in 1968.
 
This year’s conference theme was Peace, Law and Justice. With the constant stream of global information we have access to, THIMUN continues to evolve in becoming a distinctive opportunity for students to learn about the complexity of international relations and in the resolution of pressing world issues.
 
Among the vast issues tackled this year among delegations were combating illegal wildlife trade, the occupied territories in Ukraine, the appropriate updating of copyright law in the context of the digital age, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
 
Before the THIMUN conference, students engaged in research and prepared to embrace perspectives that may be different from their own. In order to develop a deeper understanding of international matters, part of the experience is for students to collaborate and communicate -- within and outside the forum -- with students from different cultures and backgrounds.
 
Besides the challenge of addressing these large global issues, one of the primary goals of this conference is to develop empathy to live together in peace with one another as good neighbors.