Position papers are an instrumental part of Model United Nations, and therefore delegates who do not turn in papers will be ineligible for committee awards. Position papers detail a country's policies on the assigned committee topics, and act as a way for delegates to organize ideas for both themselves and the chair of their respective committee. Delegates must turn in two papers for each committee, one for each designated topic.
- One page single spaced
- Covers one topic
- Header in top left corner
- Delegate's Name
- Country Name
- Written in the third person ("The Republic of Kenya is currently addressing this issue by...")
- Section/Paragraph 1: Topic Background
- Section/Paragraph 2: Past and Present Action and Policy
- Section/Paragraph 3: Future Action/Solutions
Tips for Strong Position Paper Writing
- Include predictions for the future of the issue you are discussing.
- Break up the issues into sub-issues, and then propose specific solutions to each.
- If previous attempts were made at solving the topic, explain why they were or were not successful.
- Look at both your country's international and domestic actions concerning the topic at hand.
- Make educated inferences about your country's position based on national values and other regional/political/religious groups it is involved in if it relates to the topic at hand.
- Make sure your solutions address all sub-issues presented.
- Only use reliable and respected sources.