Guidelines for the position statement

Esteemed delegates!

If you passed the interview successfully and got a country to represent, the next step is to submit 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. 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 in order to acquaint the other representatives with it during the sessions. Moreover, the position paper should briefly explain your country’s suggestions for a possible commission’s report.

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 and introduce the general information about the country which is related to our agenda.

2. The main part. Here comes the country’s position itself. You should concisely explain it in respect to the issue under consideration.

3. Suggestions. You should recommend some steps to be taken in order to improve the situation.

The most important rules

Position papers are usually about 1 A4 page in length.

All kinds of plagiarism are strictly forbidden at C-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! 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.

The Expert of 6GA
Tsydypova Balzhima