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Position Paper Guidelines

At MILMUN 2014, delegates are expected to write a position paper for each topic discussed in their council.

The position paper should succinctly outline your State’s policy regarding the topics on the table. Since it clearly defines the strategy your State will put to use during the conference, it will be your point of reference and it is a policy statement from which you are not expected to stray. The paper should mention what points your State is ready to discuss and how far it aims to go, as well as what your State is not ready to discuss. Position papers enable all the delegates in a council to familiarize themselves with each other’s positions and ultimately in forming their respective strategies.

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.
Format

1. The position papers should be saved as a Word Document, or as a PDF File.
2. Please include all the position papers for all your topics in one document, with a different page for each topic.
3. Save the document as PP_council_state. Example: PP_ECOSOC_France
4. The paper is to be written in “Times New Roman” with 12 font, single spacing. The maximum length allowed per topic is 200 words (2/3 of one A4 page).
5. On the top left corner of your page, write the name of your Council.
6. Below that write the name of your State.
7. Clearly write and underline the name of your topics and number them.
Content

1. First of all, there must be a clear statement giving your State’s position on the topic.
2. Include a brief and well-defined policy statement on the topic, clearly displaying the views of the State you’re representing.
3. Elaborate on your position: refer to UN documents, resolutions and national policy on the topic; state the agreements The State you represent adheres to, etc…
4. Try to briefly underline the relationship your delegation currently has, has had in the past, and aims to have in the future, with regards to the topic.
5. Recommend actions in order to settle the issue. In this case, bear in mind the State’s policy, as solutions and policy should be hand in hand. 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.
6. A conclusion is required reiterating the position on the topic.
7. Do the same with all other topics.

Warning:

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 countries policies regarding the topics under discussion.
3. NEVER write or communicate in the first-person. Use the State’s name as following: “Our Government”, Our Nation”, “The Delegation of France.”
Procedure:

The position papers should be sent to your chairpersons well before the start of the conference. They will get in touch with you to explain in more detail what is expected of you and inform you of your deadline for sending the position papers. If you would like to contact your chairpersons, their contact details are easily accessible on the 2010 Team page.

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. In case the Chairperson notices changes in official policy, he/she will notify you of the same and ask you to make changes. The policy paper once sent to the Chairperson will be checked and sent back for corrections. Usually two drafts are required before reaching a well-balanced document, but exceptions both ways exist!

Here you can download a Position_paper_example.

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