The Hague International Model United Nations (THIMUN) 2012 was held between January 22nd and January 27th in the home of the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands. The biggest Model United Nations conference in the world, THIMUN 2012 saw 2,900 high school children from across the world debating key issues that challenge our world today. Students represented delegates of different countries aiming to find real world, plausible and workable solutions to problems that plague the 21st century. The students played their part as the leaders of today - negotiating, debating, compromising, and most importantly problem solving, all in an effort to hopefully become the leaders of tomorrow.
In today's world, where natural resources are being depleted at ever- increasing rates, the survival of our species depends largely on the survival of these natural resources with which our life is inextricably linked. Thus, the theme of this year's conference was, quite aptly, "Seas and Oceans". Reiterating this message of natural preservation was the keynote speaker, Dr. Sylvia Earle, an oceanographer, who among her other accolades was Time Magazine's "Hero of the Planet" in 1998. The Special Conference at THIMUN dealt with these issues - ranging from the preservation of Coral Reefs to the issue of international waters and the extraction of minerals from the sea.
The 18 students of The Dhirubhai Ambani International School (DAIS) who attended this year's THIMUN, went to The Hague with the intention of discussing these moot issues, and trying their best as the Kingdom of Morocco to further their political stance. However, THIMUN 2012 was an experience that gave them far more. THIMUN gave an opportunity not only to debate against, but also interact with students from across the world. For many, it was a conference that marked a change of perspective with regard to global issues or a realization of the importance of students taking an active part in today's global politics to be able to tackle the issues that will bedevil our planet in the future. As a delegation, DAIS main-submitted a substantial number of resolutions – Mahathi Ramesh and Yash Singhal in the Economic and Social Council, Abhinav Gupta in the Legal Committee, Mitali Bannerjee in the Disarmament Commission, Tarini Ranadive in the Economic and Financial Committee, Arnav Mariwala, Keshub Bhat in the Environment Commission, and Atreyo Sinha and Aashna Sheth in the Advisory Panel. Siddhant Jayakumar and Nishka Choraria held positions as Student Officers, chairing these committees and steering debate, pushing for the formation of comprehensive resolutions.
THIMUN 2012, from its opening ceremony to its Plenary, from the Delegate Dance to the final Closing Ceremony, was truly a redefining one-week for 2,900 school children. With its passionate debates, long resolutions, and hugely entertaining press team, every part of THIMUN seemed to augment it, all of this contributing to what was an awe-inspiring conference. THIMUN 2012 was an overwhelming success, doing its part to create a better tomorrow, and helping us to, in the words of John Lennon, "Imagine all the people, living life in peace".