Position Paper Writing
- Position papers are not required but are highly recommended, as it gives the chairs an opportunity to see participants’ knowledge of their country and topic.
- Position papers are usually no longer than a page and a half. Download the template below to use as a guide:
PANGEA MUN Position Paper Guide
- Writing a position paper might appear to be a daunting task, especially for new delegates. But with enough research, you will find that writing a position paper will be easy and useful..
- Your position paper should include a brief introduction followed by a comprehensive breakdown of your country’s position on the topics that are being discussed by the committee.
- A good position paper will not only provide facts but also make proposals for resolutions.
- Many conferences will ask for specific details in a position paper, so be sure to include all the required information.
- Most conferences will provide delegates a background guide to the issue. Usually, the background guide will contain questions to consider.
- Make sure that your position paper answers these questions.
A Good Position Paper Should Include:
- A brief introduction to your country and its history concerning the topic and committee;
- How the issue affects your country;
- Your country’s policies with respect to the issue and your country’s justification for these policies;
- Quotes from your country’s leaders about the issue;
- Statistics to back up your country’s position on the issue;
- Actions taken by your government with regard to the issue;
- Conventions and resolutions that your country has signed or ratified;
- UN actions that your country supported or opposed;
- What your country believes should be done to address the issue;
- What your country would like to accomplish in the committee’s resolution; and
- How the positions of other countries affect your country’s position.
Sample Position Paper
Honorable delegates of the United Nations General Assembly,The Darfur conflict is a relatively new crisis that began in February 2003. On one side of the conflict is the Sudanese military and the Janjaweed- a group of hired Islamic mercenaries used by the government of Sudan to annihilate all of its opposition, especially within the Darfur region. However, the Sudanese government publicly denies its support for the Janjaweed while at the same time provides it with both money and weapons to use in their genocidal excursions.
On the other side is a variety of rebel groups such as the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) who try to defend themselves from this first group.
A ceasefire was put into place in January of 2007. It was envisioned to last for 60 days and allow for humanitarian aid. Unfortunately, the ceasefire was a failure. Violence and killings continue to take place in the region, including the killings of African Union Peacekeepers. There also continues to be the problem of massive influxes of Sudanese refugees fleeing into bordering countries. These refugees are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.
Germany realizes that great measures need to take place to address the many problems within Sudan, but past attempts by the UN and many NGOs have proven to be unsuccessful. Germany is also concerned with violating the national sovereignty of Sudan. The Sudanese president has already begun rejecting proposals to send in more peacekeepers to the country.
The only way Sudanese leaders will allow for a new peacekeeping mission is if it is done through the African Union. The goal of the member states here today is to find out how to create a solution with the help of the African Union that the Sudanese government is willing to accept.
Outside of the immediate problems that the delegate from Germany has already mentioned, the problems of drought, desertification, and overpopulation have also furthered the need for humanitarian relief in Sudan. Secondly, reports have also been made that Russia and China are continually undermining sanctions by supplying arms and ammunition to Sudan.
Germany understands the seriousness of the situation in Sudan and believes that it cannot continue to be ignored. Germany requests the cooperation of all other member states in this body to work together to bring peace to this worn-torn area, and also provide them with the necessary humanitarian relief they are desperately in need of.