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Debating the prohibition, disarmament of weapons of mass destruction

Debating the prohibition, disarmament of weapons of mass destruction

Publication Date:
19 Jan 2017
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News, Mobile

QatarDebate - member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development- recently organized the 3rd Qatar Universities Debate League (QUDL) in English, held on Saturday 14 January 2017, hosted by Georgetown University SFS-Q in Qatar; with a total number of 20 participating teams from 8 universities.

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QatarDebate - member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development- recently organized the 3rd Qatar Universities Debate League (QUDL) in English, held on Saturday 14 January 2017, hosted by Georgetown University SFS-Q in Qatar; with a total number of 20 participating teams from 8 universities.
The participants debated around three motions during the tournament as follows:
1. THBT Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter have the right to curate the news stories that trend on their platforms.
2. THBT Democracies should limit donations to the election campaigns, of parties or of candidates, to single small donations from individual persons.
3. TH Supports strong government intervention to prevent gentrification
It is worth mentioning that the 20 of debating teams represented the following universities: Academic Bridge Program, Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, College of North Atlantic Qatar, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, Northwestern University Qatar, Qatar University, Texas A&M University in Qatar, Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

Public Debate
QatarDebate in collaboration with the “National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons’ (NCPW)” held a Public Debate between the top 4 teams of the 3rd Qatar Universities Debate League Tournament. The Public Debate followed directly after the conclusion of the Qatar University Debate League with participation of the majority of institutions of higher education in Qatar.

The public debate is part of a broader ongoing effort on the part of The National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons (NCPW) aimed at raising public awareness about the threat of weapons of mass destruction. As the national debate organization of Qatar, QatarDebate aims to create opportunities for debate and discussion about topics of national, regional, and global importance. With this intersection of goals, and the organization of our 3rd Qatar University Debate League, we are using this opportunity to have a public debate about the proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD).

The event was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the talents and skills of debaters taking on a topic of national interest and relevance, for the viewing pleasure of students of the secondary and post-secondary level, and general public. This event would not have been conceived or have the prominence without the “National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons’ (NCPW)”.

Brigadier (Air Force) Hassan Saleh Al-Nesf, NCPW Deputy Chairman, he stated that the state of Qatar, being early aware of the gravity of these lethal weapons, has accelerated its accession to the conventions on the prohibition and disarmament of " Weapons of Mass Destruction " , as well as internationally banned weapons, making Qatar one of the first countries supporting international efforts towards achieving the universality of these conventions and maintaining international peace and security.
Noting that this year, we are witnessing an important public debate on the topic of international conventions relating to mass destruction weapons, as proposed by the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons (NCPW), among four top performing teams of Qatar University Debate League, organized by Qatar Debate, aims to highlight the debaters’ skills on such topic of national, regional and international concern. The theme is welcomed by all the students and community of Qatar Foundation and the Qatari community as a whole.

He then spoke about holding this debate, represents a model of integration between the theoretical and practical aspects on challenging issues to our country and the international community. It is also a step to invest youth energy to serve the nation and the humanity, as well as reflecting the wonderful coordination between Qatar Foundation, universities, and the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons in Qatar.

I would like, here, to thank the participating debaters, the adjudicators, the organizers of Qatar Debate and Georgetown University SFS-Qatar, for dedicating their time towards creating awareness on international conventions on Weapons of Mass Destruction. I wish the debate achieves the desired goals, and continue to be a platform for university students and the future generations.

QatarDebate extended its thanks to Georgetown University SFS-Q in Qatar for hosting the event & NCPW for their vision and mandate, and their willingness to collaborate with educational institutions and students; they have shown to be champions of a safer world, and the idea of a world free of “Weapons of Mass Destruction.”


In attendance from the NCPW were: Brigadier (Air Force) Hassan Saleh Al-Nesf , Deputy Chairman, Lieutenant AbdulAziz Hamdan Al-Ahmed , General Secretary, & Prof. Salwan K.J. Al-Ani, Ph.D. Radiation Expert.
From QatarDebate: Mr. Jamal Al-Baker / Events Manager, and from Georgetown University SFS-Q:
Professor Anatol Lieven , Professor of International Politics.
General Audience were students from Preparatory and High Schools in Qatar and students from the QUDL debate community.
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