Position Paper

Guidelines for writing a Position Paper

All delegates are required to submit your position paper by 27th August 2018. Please read the below information related to the position paper.

BEST POSITION PAPER AWARD
At the end of the conference, each committee chairing team will award one delegate the Best Position Paper Award. If a delegate wishes to be bestowed this honor, it is highly advisable to put as much effort as possible, and submit it on time.

WHAT IS A POSITION PAPER?
A position paper is a short 2 -3 page, single-spaced, an essay that details a country’s position on the topics that will be discussed in their respective committee. A position paper is designed to help prepare the delegate for the conference by clearly organizing their assigned country’s position on the topics at hand.

WHAT SHOULD BE IN A POSITION PAPER?
Like any essay, the first paragraph should begin with an introduction. In this case, the introduction will briefly introduce the country and their history in relation to the committee. Delegates are advised to not spend too much time on this portion of the position paper.
The body of the position paper should consist of a comprehensive analysis, from the position of the assigned country, on the topics to be discussed in the committee. The content of the body should include, but not limited to, the country’s policy on the committee topics; any past, present or future actions taken by the country, both domestically and internationally, concerning the topics; and any proposals the country wishes to see in a resolution.

CITATIONS
All positions papers should contain a short bibliography at the end, citing the sources used. Chicago style is the preferred method of citation, and the background guides may be used as an example. As a rule, any idea that is not common knowledge (i.e., the Sun sets in the West), requires a citation. Background guides without citations will not be counted, and delegates will be ineligible for awards. 

WHAT FORMAT SHOULD THE POSITION PAPER BE?
As stated previously, the position paper should be 2-3 pages, single-spaced in length. It should be completed as a digital .docx file. The recommended font is 12 in Times New Roman. In General Assemblies and some specialized committees as the delegate will be representing a country, the position paper must be written in the third person.

WHAT IF THE DELEGATE IS REPRESENTING A PERSON AND NOT A COUNTRY IN A SPECIAL COMMITTEE LIKE PARLIAMENT OF AFGHANISTAN?
Similar rules apply to delegates not representing a country. The only difference between these delegates and “country delegates” is that the position paper should be written in the first person. Aside from that, the contents of the position paper and format are identical.

WHO DO I SEND THE POSITION PAPER TO?
Completed position papers must be submitted to the committee director via e-mail. The chairing team’s e-mail can be found below.

UN Security Council to [email protected]
UN General Assembly: Disarmament & International Security to [email protected]
UN Environment Programme to [email protected]
UN Office on Drugs & Crimes to [email protected]
UN Human Rights Commission to [email protected]
The Parliament of Afghanistan to [email protected]

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