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AUK Model United Nations Attend the Kuwait International Law Society Model United Nations Closing Ceremony

On March 10, 2018, AUK's Model United Nations team (AUKMUN) attended the Kuwait International Law Society MUN (KILSMUN) closing ceremony at the United Nations House. Representing the highly accomplished team at the prestigious ceremony was Ali Al-Qallaf, Ahmad Saleem, Farah Al-Deehani, Fatima Mir Ahmadi, Hussain Khashab, and Taibah Ismaeil.

Prior to the ceremony, the MUN sessions covered a variety of pressing global issues: statelessness; the prevention of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes; and the imposition of regulations, as well as economic and diplomatic sanctions on member states. Each committee had a facilitated discussion on one of the major issues, led by a committee chair. These chairs were selected by KILS and served as judges for the contenders in the competition, all of whom, in this case, were local students.

During the ceremony, AUKMUN member Ahmad Saleem gave a thoughtful presentation on the methods and benefits of recycling. His talk targeted the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals - a set of seventeen initiatives proposed by the U.N. as a "universal call to action" to end poverty, combat climate change, and prevent environmental degradation by 2030 - specifically focusing on Goal 8: Decent work & Economic Growth and Goal 13: Climate Action. Saleem demonstrated the ways in which recycling can support economic growth in Kuwait, while also furthering environmental protection and conservation both in Kuwait and abroad.

At the closing ceremony, Ali K. Al-Qallaf, president of AUKMUN, was named the KILSMUN "Best Delegate" which was his second time winning that award. American Ambassador H.E. Lawrence Silverman, United Nations Representative Dr. Tarek Al-Sheikh, and Zain representative Mr. Waleed Al-Khashti presented Al-Qallaf with his award - a high honor recognizing his extraordinary dedication to MUN. The award was based on Al-Qallaf's outstanding performance as a delegate representing the United States of America at the General Assembly. The two resolutions of which he was the main sponsor won majority votes within the committee. Al-Qallaf has also won three international awards previously - two in Geneva and one in Bahrain - bringing his total to five awards for AUKMUN.

Ali Al-Qallaf and US Ambassador H.E Lawrence Silverman

AUKMUN members (from the left) Ali Al-Qallaf, Hussain Khashab, Ahmad Saleem, Farah Al-Deehani, Fatima Mir Ahmadi

Members of AUKMUN

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 26th March 2018

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