Swansea University Law student selected for United Nations conference

Swansea University Law undergraduate, Jood Alharthi, has been selected to attend a Geneva International Model United Nations (GIMUN) conference later this month.

Jood will be attending as the representative of a consortium of 57 Islamic countries (the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC).

Jood Alharthi Photo

Picture: Swansea University Law undergraduate Jood Alharthi.





Jood is a Single Honours Law LLB student in her second year at Swansea University. She is twenty years old and was born and raised in Saudi Arabia, Riyadh.

Jood will be going to GIMUN all by herself. To secure her seat at the conference she had to include in her application a statement explaining why she wanted to participate and how she would contribute to GIMUN.

GIMUN is an annual week-long event, it will be held from 22 March – 28 March, during the week university students will be debating, justifying their country’s or organization’s actions, and constructing resolutions.

This year the event theme is Access to Energy. The theme for the GIMUN 2014 Annual Conference aims to touch upon a number of the major challenges that the international community will be facing over the course of this century. The conference web site states: “Sustainable development is on everyone’s lips, yet we are failing to effectively depart from fossil fuels as an essential part of our economies.”

Jood will be a bloc representative of OIC (Organization of the Islamic Conference). OIC is an international organisation consisting of 57 member states. The organisation states that it is "the collective voice of the Muslim world" and works to "safeguard and protect the interests of the Muslim world in the spirit of promoting international peace and harmony".

The OIC has a permanent delegation to the United Nations, and is the largest international organisation outside the United Nations.

Speaking about her role Jood said: “I am very honoured and excited to have been chosen as the OIC representative as there are only two people in one Bloc Representative Position. What is expected of me is to act as a coach to the states, and make sure they do not go far off his/her state’s policy; contributing to the realism of the conference.”