Position papers are an integral part of the committee experience. These are papers, usually no more than two pages each, that outline your country or representative’s position on the issue at hand. In your committee, you will likely discuss two topics, although some committees are focusing and diving deep into one topic only. Position papers should explain what actions your country or representative has taken in the past to solve the issue the committee will discuss, as well as critically examine core problems that your country or representative believes must be addressed throughout the discussion. More information regarding how to write a position paper can be found below.
Additionally, position papers should be submitted to the Under-Secretary-General in charge of your committee organ. To find out which organ your committee is under, visit the “Committee Information” page. The five possible organs are found below, along with the contact information of the corresponding Under-Secretary-General.
The Under-Secretary-General of General Assemblies: Neelam Sandhu, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Councils: Karthik Irakam, email@example.com
The Under-Secretary-General of Regional Bodies: Kueho Choi, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Under-Secretary-General of Specialized Agencies: Nathalie Bussemaker, email@example.com
The Under-Secretary-General of Crisis Committees: Jocelyn Wexler, firstname.lastname@example.org
To receive feedback on position papers, delegates must submit them to the respective Under-Secretary-General via email by January 8, 2019.
To be considered for committee awards, delegates are required to submit position papers to the Under-Secretary-General in charge of their committee by the first committee session.
As a reminder, delegates are expected to write one position paper per topic. Most delegates will then need to write two separate position papers.
Each position paper should include the following information:
1. What is the problem?
In this section, you should identify the problems in each topic you will discuss. What are its stakes? Who are the various groups (e.g. peoples, countries, etc.) that are affected? Why does the topic matter? And what, if anything, is currently being done about it?
Identify the topics by thoroughly reading the topic guides. The topic guides are great starting points for your research. Make sure to restate and synthesize the problem in your own words.
2. How does the problem affect my country/organization/representative?
This section should summarize how your position is affected by the problem. Why does your country care about the issue? Here, you should employ information from the topic guide and incorporate your independent research. You will need to research information on your assigned country’s role in the topics. Ensure that you cite your sources properly (MLA or Chicago is preferred, but all consistent and traceable references are accepted).
3. What is my country’s bloc position?
In this section, you should consider how your country or representative would navigate the committee room. Which other countries or positions are ideologically or practically aligned with the views of the country or position you represent? You will be expected, once again, to consult and cite outside resources to determine and fully understand your position.
4. How can the problem be solved?
Here, you will want to examine what your country or representative believes will work in solving the issue at hand. This is where additional research will be most integral. Consider innovative but practical and coherent approaches to tackling these problems.