Position Papers

Format

  1. Font: Arial 
  2. Size: 12
  3. All aspects of the position paper should be differentiated through paragraphs.

A good position paper will include:

  • A brief introduction to your country and its history concerning the topic and committee;
  • How the issue affects your country;
  • Your country’s policies with respect to the issue and your country’s justification for these policies;
  • Quotes from your country’s leaders about the issue;
  • Statistics to back up your country’s position on the issue;
  • Actions taken by your government with regard to the issue;
  • Conventions and resolutions that your country has signed or ratified;
  • UN actions that your country supported or opposed;
  • What your country believes should be done to address the issue;
  • What your country would like to accomplish in the committee’s resolution; and
  • How the positions of other countries affect your country’s position.

Position Paper Tips

  • Keep it simple. To communicate strongly and effectively, avoid flowery wording and stick to uncomplicated language and sentence structure.
  • Make it official. Try to use the seal of your country or create an official letterhead for your position paper. The more realistic it looks, the more others will want to read it.
  • Get organized. Give each separate idea or proposal its own paragraph. Make sure each paragraph starts with a topic sentence.
  • Cite your sources. Use footnotes or end notes to show where you found your facts and statistics. If you are unfamiliar with bibliographic form, look up the Modern Language Association (MLA) guidelines at your school’s library.
  • Read and reread. Leave time to edit your position paper. Ask yourself if the organization of the paper makes sense and double-check your spelling and grammar.
  • Speech! Speech! Do you plan to make an opening statement at your conference? A good position paper makes a great introductory speech. During debate, a good position paper will also help you to stick to your country’s policies.
  • Let the bullets fly. Try not to let your proposals become lost in a sea of information. For speech making, create a bullet-ed list of your proposals along with your most important facts and statistics so that you will not lose time looking for them during debate.
Sample Position Paper

We The People of the United Nations