Making a Position Paper
Things to consider before writing:
- The Position Paper is a one (rarely two pages) document that is essentially a summary of your knowledge of the topic and the position your country plans to take when it enters committee. It typically contains three paragraphs being followed by a heading.
- The key starting points for researching each paragraph is to dig deeper into the topic, your country and the relation between the topic and the country. This should develop more understanding for you. Write the paragraphs in 3rd person and do not use “I” since it is your country’s point of view.
Structure of paragraphs:
- History of topic.
- Topic related to the country, past International actions and policy.
- Proposed solutions.
- Referencias: CIA World Factbook, sitio web de la ONU, el sitio web de tu comité, tratados y resoluciones clave mencionados en tu guía de antecedentes (evita usar mucha información de este documento), reportes de la ONU o de ONG, y por supuesto el sitio web de tu país, con el objetivo de encontrar la situación actual en tu país, y lo que tu país ha hecho para solucionrlo.
MUN Made Easy: How to Get Started with Model United Nations. (n.d.). Best Delegate > RSS. Retrieved June 8, 2014, from http://bestdelegate.com/mun-made-easy-how-to-get-started-with-model-united-nations/
Position Paper Format
History of topic: In this paragraph, you should include the history information of the topic, the impact it is having in society and nations, it will be better if you also write statistics. It helps to include an organization that is helping and what is the current situation. The more information you find, the more prepared you’ll be for the debate, but only write the outline of ideas, the rest just be prepared.
Your country’s policy and the relation with the topic: Write your country’s official opinion regarding the topic, make it relevant by including an example of what is being done by the government or another organization. Give % about the topic impact or how it is increasing or decreasing.
Possible solutions: State the solutions that your country proposes to solve the issue worldwide. The solutions need to be realistic and useful for any country. You can use CIA World Factbook, your country’s foreign ministry website, domestic programs within your country; your country’s voting record on key treaties or resolutions, NGO or UN recommendations, and your own creativity.