The position paper serves to further clarify a delegate's position on a specific topic, as well as to establish an outline for an eventual resolution.
Format 1. Header: Informs your committee, topic, country, school, and name on the top left hand corner of the page.
The position paper is divided into three paragraphs, as follows: a) History and background on the topic: This section should not be a re-statement of the background guide. Instead, it should elaborate on the issue from the perspective of your country. b) History of your country’s position on the topic: The section should explain your nation’s specific history with the topic and assess the various solutions that your country has explored. c) Proposed solutions to the topic: The final portion of your paper should discuss the various solutions that your nation would like the UN to consider.
Position papers should be no more than one typed, single-spaced page in Times New Roman size 12. One position paper is required per topic. Plagiarism found in position papers will NOT be tolerated.
Tips for Writing Position Papers: 1) Don’t begin writing until you’re almost done researching. 2) Before you being writing, outline your facts and ideas so that the paper flows logically. 3) Make sure to edit position papers for grammatical mistakes before submitting them! 4) Remember that your proposed solutions should reflect your country’s position. The solutions you propose should also be as original as possible, though you should also acknowledge and suggest measures that strengthen solutions that have already been implemented in other initiatives. 5) Show the breadth of your research and your mastery of the facts. Include references to specific dates, people, documents and events. 6) Strive to strike a balance between concise and thorough. Include specifics in your plans, but make your descriptions are short and easily understood.
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