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Position Paper Guidelines

At MILMUN 2016, delegates are expected to write a position paper for each topic discussed in their council.

For first time MUNers, writing a position paper might look a bit intimidating. But don’t worry! With enough research, you will find that writing a position paper will be easy and useful.

The position paper should succinctly outline your State’s policy regarding the topics on the table, and it will be your point of reference for discussions.

Format

You are requested to use this template, and follow these guidelines

  1. The position paper should be saved as a Word Document, as a PDF File or, if the Chairs request so, as a Google Doc to be shared with them.
  2. You should write one page per topic, and save it as a single document.
  3. Save the document as PP_council_state.

Example: PP_ECOSOC_France

Content

The following points should be addressed

  1. Statement of your State’s position on the topic

The Position Paper should make clear what your State’s policy and views on the matters being discussed are, as well as briefly outline the reasons and arguments that led to that stance being adopted. You can refer to UN documents, past resolutions and national policies on the topic; state the agreements The State you represent adheres to, etc…

  1. Outline of what your country brings to the discussions

Present the relationship your delegation currently has, has had in the past, and aims to have in the future, with regards to the topic. This part is meant to show in which direction your State wants negotiations to go, be it a united response from all other members of the Committee, obtaining concessions from other state(s), etc.

  1. Recommend actions in order to settle the issue

Bearing in mind the State’s policy, briefly state what you want to see in the final resolution (one per topic), the outcome of the discussions. Remember policy is not rigid but malleable and flexible, and positions are not entrenched and fixed. If that were the case, diplomacy would be at a loss. Go into depth, stating best solutions and second best options since you clearly have more than one solution. The more solutions/flexibility you have, the easier it will be for you to move amidst the problem areas and to reach an agreement with your fellow delegates.

Please note that:

  1. There is no need to add a final conclusion for all your topics, as you will be discussing topics one after the other and not simultaneously.
  2. Please refrain from writing long histories or very general information on your country. The focus should be on your country’s policies regarding the topics under discussion.
  3. Do not write or communicate in the first-person – use the State’s name as following: “Our Government”, “Our Nation”, “The Delegation of France.”

Procedure

Some time before the Conference you Chairs will get in touch with you, by whatever means they deem appropriate (email, Facebook group), to explain what is expected of you, inform you of the deadline for sending the position papers, and clarify any doubts you may have.

Finally, do not stop preparation after finishing the position papers and check regularly before the conference if your State’s position has remained the same. In case major changes occur, notify the Chairperson and integrate them.

Here you can download a Position Paper example.

Here you can download template you can use for your Position Paper.

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