What is a position paper?
A position paper is a policy statement on the agenda of the committee, which represents 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 to understand your nation’s interests and goals, find out the official position of the assigned country or organization on the agenda in order to acquaint the other representatives with it during sessions. Moreover, the position paper should briefly explain your country’s or organization’s suggestions for a possible resolution.
Before you start
It is important to look at the questions outlined in your essay – it should definitely help you to map out the strategy of the research. Then make a list of resources you should be looking into. 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 the topic. And, of course, make sure to research passed UN resolutions 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.
You should very briefly specify the issue 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?
You should recommend some steps which should be taken to improve the situation. These steps should include the ideas and recommendations (on how to accomplish them effectively) that, according to your opinion, are to be mentioned in the final document.
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 particular country or organization! The position paper is not your point of view, therefore you should not refer to yourself with pronoun “I”, but use “our country”, “our delegation” and “we”.
Make it simple and clear. To communicate strongly and effectively, avoid overcomplicated 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 is necessary.
We hope these guidelines will be helpful for you.