Sunday, 11 November 2012

QFI to train youth for green challenges

TRIBUNE NEWS NETWORK

DOHA IN the lead up to Qatar’s hosting of COP18/CMP8 later this month, Qatar Foundation International (QFI) selected 52 students from the US, Brazil, Argentina and Qatar to join with hundreds of youth coming together at Doha College’s Model United Nations V (DCMUN) and The Hague International Model United Nations’ (THIMUN) Youth Assembly on November 15 and 16.

As policy makers begin to travel to Doha for Climate Change negotiations, these youth are already beginning the conversation, gaining the skills they need to be global citizens and developing projects that will contribute to tackling the climate change challenge.

Sponsored by IBQ, Georgetown and Geometric Training, this year’s DCMUN is focused on climate change and related environmental issues.

The THIMUN Youth Assembly will be taking place around the Model United Nations and will engage students on action papers discussing solutions to critical climate change issues. The DCMUN Youth Assembly Action papers will be sent to Qatar UN COP conference to be held in Doha a week after the DCMUN conference.

In the past, the solutions proposed at THIMUN affiliated Youth Assemblies have resulted in numerous youth projects making a real change in the issues that are facing our world today.

Alan Butler, DCMUN director, said, “We are delighted that QFI is taking part in our THIMUN affiliated conference and our students are excited about meeting delegates from the Americas. Our student executive, led by President Josh Casson and S-G Ben Walters, are working hard to make this fifth DCMUN better than ever before.” QFI student participation in DCMUN and the Youth Assembly is part of a larger educational exchange, taking place from November 10-18 that will explore environmental issues in and around Doha in the lead up to COP18.

The exchange is part of QFI’s Road to Doha programme, which helps train youth from Qatar, the US, Brazil and Argentina to better understand and develop solutions to critical global issues, such as climate change and to more effectively raise environmental awareness in their own communities.

The Road to Doha exposes students to the two key elements of environmental education in the 21st century: conservation and innovation.

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