A two-day conference of the Tashkent International Model UN was held
at Westminster International University in Tashkent
On May 21-22, 2021, Westminster International University in Tashkent (WIUT) in cooperation with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Regional Office for Central Asia (UNODC ROCA) and the Agency for Youth Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan held the Tashkent International Model United Nations (TIMUN) Conference, which is one of the most global youth projects in Central Asia.
The opening ceremony of the Tashkent International Model United Nations was held at WIUT with the participation of the UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia Ms. Ashita Mittal and UNODC International Programme Coordinator Koen Marquering, Director of the Youth Affairs Agency of the Republic of Uzbekistan Mr. Alisher Sadullayev, Ambassador of India to Uzbekistan His Excellency Manish Prabhat, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Uzbekistan His Excellency Timothy Torlot and the Rector of WIUT Bakhrom Mirkasimov.
This conference was initiated by active students from the WIUT International Model United Nations Society and the Student Union of the academic year 2020-2021.
This conference is a unique opportunity and platform for empowering youth in the fields of international diplomacy, global politics, public speaking, leadership and effective negotiation. TIMUN provides a bridge between the United Nations and students, enabling youth to engage in open dialogue on a range of complex issues and propose solutions to global challenges. This year's TIMUN conference was held to promote the Doha Declaration and the United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, which took place in Kyoto in 2021.
During the conference, seven major UN bodies were modeled, such as the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the General Assembly, UNESCO, the Security Council, Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Committee (third committee), the Crisis Committee and the Commission on Science and Technology Development.
Over the course of two days, within each simulated UN body, the following topics were raised and discussed: «Economic revival during the COVID-19 pandemic addressing contemporary issues related to health care, hunger and food insecurity», «Impact of COVID-19 on the life of refugees», «Schooling Children in Conflict Zones», «Enhancing Sustainable Energy Sources in the Developing Countries», «Advancing Crime Prevention, Criminal Justice and the Rule of Law towards the achievement of the UN 2030 Agenda», «Impact of COVID-19 on Peace and Security» and «COVID-19 and vaccines distribution».
The conference of the Tashkent International Model UN attracted over 200 gifted and interested in solving global problems students from Uzbekistan, and also contributed to the participation of international students in holding meetings within each simulated UN Committee.
The implementation of this project contributed to the strengthening of close and fruitful relations between Westminster International University in Tashkent, UNODC and the Youth Affairs Agency of the Republic of Uzbekistan to further promote and support youth in the field of legal culture, global politics and the rule of law.