A position paper is an overview of a nation’s stance on the topics of their committee and what they intend to do to solve the issue presented.
A position paper should include a few lines describing the nation the delegate is representing, followed by a paragraph for each topic which will be discussed in the committee.
For a delegate in a committee with two topics, a length of one and a half pages (600-800 words) will be appropriate. Delegates are asked to include sources in their position paper, but they do not have to follow any formal referencing style.
A good position paper will include:
- How the issue affects your nation
- Indications of what your nations intends to do to combat the issue
- Legislation and/or UN resolutions passed/supported by your nation in regard to the issue
- A quote/statement by your nation’s leader regarding the issue, if available.
Position papers must be sent to the chair of your committee no later than November 11th. All questions regarding position papers can also be addressed to the chair of your committee. They will be happy to help you!
Click here for an example of a position paper by the Netherlands
Click here for an example of a short position paper by Afghanistan
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