Position Papers

One of the most important components of Model UN is writing a position paper. While specific requirements vary by conference, the basic premise remains the same--a paper that outlines your assigned country's view (or position) on a given topic(s), with a special emphasis on possible solutions.

Typically, position papers are one page per topic, single spaced. The first paragraph usually summarizes the problem, utilizing specific statistics and.... The second paragraph tends to highlight past actions taken either by the UN or your own country in trying to address this problem. The final paragraph or two focuses on possible solutions that your country is willing to consider or support. This should be the most detailed and complete portion of your paper.

Here are a few links to help explain more about position papers:

Best Delegate: A Formula for the Perfect Position Paper--A Solution Oriented Approach

Best Delegate: Preparing Proficient Position Papers

UNA-USA Page on Position Papers

MUNUC Guide to Position Papers

MKCMUN Position Paper Criteria & Examples

MKCMUN How to Write a Position Paper

NAIMUN Guide to Writing a Position Paper

Sample Position Papers:

MUNUC Sample Paper

UNA-USA Sample Position Paper

Sample Position Paper: Greece Legal

Sample Position Paper: UK EcoFin

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