Template Position Paper

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Position Papers

 

Please follow these guidelines carefully before submitting your work to the

Secretariat.

 

 

Contents

 

Every Delegate has to write a position paper on the topics that are to be discussed in his/her Committee from the assigned country’s point of view. You should also include recommendations for action to be taken by your committee.

 

Formal aspects

 

  • All papers must be typed and formatted according to this template
  • Length must not exceed two pages.
  • Font must be Arial sized between 10 pt. and 12 pt.
  • Delegation, school, author and forum need to be clearly labelled on the first page
  • Agenda topics must be clearly labelled in separate documents.
  • Papers must be saved as Word-documents:

       pp_committee_item_main submitter

e.g. pp_UNESCO_Journalists_impunity _Romania

 

download: sample position paper

 

Position Papers need to be submitted via email to munog@goldberg-gymnasium.de no later than September 15th.

 

They will be published on the MUNOG website.

 

 

 

 

How to write a position paper

 

Before getting started

 

Before starting to formulate your Position Paper please take a few moments, sit down and make up your mind about how eventual operative clauses in a resolution concerning the discussed topic should look like. It is of utmost importance to know what you want to say and achieve in advance! By knowing your “operative-wish list” you will have much easier work in formulating your “action plan” (see below). Moreover you will have a concrete guideline, which will help you in building up an argumentation structure. By knowing in the beginning what you want to achieve at

the end of the day, formulating your position will become much easier and more target-oriented.

 

 

Structure your Ideas

 

A position paper should be divided into three paragraphs to create an understandable structure and logic:

 

 

  • Describe the current situation:

 

Please give an outline of the current situation. Formulate what the problem in the affected countries actually is in the opinion of your country. Is there an urgent need to take action? Can the problem escalate to the neighboring countries, the region or the whole world? Why exactly is it important for your country to contribute to the solution finding process? It is also welcome to praise your current and recent efforts concerning this issue. Take care that the description of the problem represents your perception of the problem. The task is not to give a scientifically accurate account of the situation involving all possible factors and points of views, but to frame the problem in a manner favorable to your argument.

 

  • List all relevant documents, treaties, conventions and resolutions:

 

This is the part where you will have to do some research in the first place. Find out all documents, treaties, conventions and resolutions that already deal with the discussed issues, what their essence is, and list them up. As you don’t have the space to mention every single one, make a wise selection. Please state whether you support a particular document, and if you don’t give a short but plausible explanation why. Criticize everything your country rejects and praise all items your country supports.