A position paper is a brief paper, no more than two pages, that outlines your delegation's position on the committee's assigned topics. Position papers are an opportunity for you to do your research and organize your thoughts prior to the conference.
At Carolinas Conference we encourage all delegates to write a position paper and submit it to their chairs for consideration for Position Paper Awards. Delegates are expected to write on both topics and we encourage double delegations to work together closely in writing their papers.
THE DUE DATE FOR POSITION PAPERS IS OCTOBER 4TH AT 11:59 PM!
Position Paper Guidelines
One Page per topic, Single spaced.
Size 10 or 12 Times New Roman font
Black ink only please
Include at upper left corner of both pages the:
include citations (not considered to be part of the one page paper length)
MLA, APA citations (style must be consistent through out the paper.)
Please remember position papers must be original works by delegates and should encompasses the following items for each topic:
1. Topic Background Info
2. Overview of Topic (History, what's been done, your country's stance, etc)
3. Propose a solution
Sample Position Paper
Check here for a position paper example from the United Nations Association of the United States.
Tips for Writing
Where to Begin:
I. Research your country
-Find out information about the country you are representing. You should be familiar with the government, resources, relations with other countries, treaties your country has signed, etc.
-The CIA World Factbook is an excellent source of information.
-Background Notes published by the U.S. Dept. of State are another great resource.
-The permanent mission of each country to the United States in New York may also be a good resource.
II. Research your committee
-Gather information about what exactly your committee does.
-Find out your committee's limitations and what they can and can not do. For example, there are certain actions the General Assembly can not take that the Security Council can.
-Look at your committee's website. Find out what resolutions the committee has formulated before, if there are any resolutions pending, etc.
III. Research the Topics
-The first step to researching the topics is to carefully look over the background guides. The background guide provides information as to what are the major problems your should be considering during your research.
-Look at the background guide's citations. Visit the sites to find out more information.
-Look at past UN Resolutions. They may be found here: http://www.un.org
-Good information to get you started on your research can be found at the UN Bibliographic Information System, found here: http://unbisnet.un.org.
-Find out statistical information. This is very influential while trying to convince a committee! A great website to find this out is the Nation Master, found here: http://www.nationmaster.com.
IV. Create your country position
-After researching your country, committee, and topics, you should be able to have a general idea of where your country would go with the topics. This position may not be one that you agree with, but make sure it is in character of the country you are representing. It may be helpful to also include other countries which would have a similar country position.
V. Submit Position Papers
-Position papers should be submitted here: Submit Position Paper
If you wish you can download the guidelines provided above using the link below.