Honorable delegates and dear friends!
You have written an essay, passed the interview successfully and, finally, got a country to represent. The next step is submitting a position paper on the agenda.
What is a position paper?
A position paper is a succinct policy statement on the agenda of the committee representing the relevant views of your assigned country or organization. The position paper should be a product of your own research. Its main purpose is to help you understand your nation’s interests and goals, to find out the official position on the agenda of the assigned country or organization in order to acquaint the other representatives with it during the sessions. Moreover, the position paper should briefly explain your country’s or organization’s suggestions for a possible resolution.
Before you start writing
It is important to look at the questions that were outlined in your essay – it should definitely help you to map out the strategy of the research. Then make a list of the resources you should be looking for. Focus on recent news; look for editorials and submissions from respected sources (economists, political figures and political activists, for example). States, non- or inter-governmental organizations and other agencies often publish working papers on a given topic. And, of course, make sure to research passed UN resolutions from the General Assembly and Security Council on the agenda.
Structure of a position paper
The position paper has a definite general structure to it: introduction, the main body and suggestions, each of which serves a clear purpose within the general context of the paper.
1. Introduction.You should very briefly specify the issue of the UNSC and introduce the general information about the country or organization which is related to our agenda.
2. The main part. Here comes the country’s or organization’s position itself. You should concisely explain it in respect to the issue under consideration.
Try to answer the following questions:
- What is your country’s or organization’s policy on the topic?
- What issues in this area are of particular importance to the country or organization you represent?
- What action has been taken already? What action have you taken in cooperation with other countries?
3. Suggestions. You should recommend some steps to be taken in order to improve the situation. These steps will include the ideas and recommendations (on how to accomplish them effectively) that are to be mentioned in the UNSC final document, according to the opinion of a representative.
A piece of advice: Try not to let your proposals become lost in a sea of information. For speechmaking, create a bulleted list of your proposals so that the other representatives understand you perfectly and remember the suggestions you have presented.
The most important rules
- Position papers are usually 1 – 1,5 A4 pages in length.
- All kinds of plagiarism are strictly forbidden at MIMUN. Your position paper will be checked. Violation of this policy may result in dismissal from the conference.
- Remember, that now you are a representative of a particular country or organization! The position paper is not your point of view, therefore you should not refer to yourself in the first person, but with the voice of the country you represent (use “our country”, “our delegation”, “we”).
- Make it simple and clear. To communicate strongly and effectively, avoid flowery wording and stick to uncomplicated language.
- The information included in a position paper should be based on provable facts such as statistics, official documents, etc.
- Bibliography at the end of the work is necessary.
Hope, these guidelines will be helpful for you while preparing.