FORMATTING: POSITION PAPERS
Position papers are a core component of any Model United Nations conference. Every delegation on each committee is required to submit a paper addressing the topic outlined in the background guide prior to the conference. Position papers must be submitted through the link below, no later than 48 hours before the conference. After being judged by conference staff and committee chairs, papers will be graded and returned to faculty advisors. Awards will be distributed based on the quality of position papers submitted.
STRUCTURE OF THE POSITION PAPER
Position papers should be written in such a way that delegates are able to conduct research not only on their assigned country's position regarding the topic presented, but also the solutions the country would potentially offer. The position paper, therefore, should be structured as follows:
A brief overview of the topic and the current involvement of the country to the issue at large.
II. COUNTRY'S HISTORY
How has your country responded to the issue on a national level? Are there any statements from government officials or involvement with regional organizations that can support how you view the issue?
III. INTERNATIONAL INVOLVEMENT
Has your country ratified any treaties or international agreements? Are there any resolutions from the United Nations that your country supports? Are there any particular relations you share with other nations when addressing this topic?
What does your country believe is the best solution for the issue? Should there be adjustments made to existing programs, or should there be the formation of entirely new solutions? How can your country, specifically, contribute to international efforts to address the issue?
FORMATTING FINAL POSITION PAPERS
Position papers are to be written according to the following guidelines:
1 page per topic maximum
Times New Roman, size 10-12 pt
Single-spaced paragraphs, justified
Include the formal delegation name in the top-left corner
Include the school name in the top-right corner
Include the full topic name at the beginning of the position paper
Download and use the following template prior to submitting final position papers:
While every committee is responsible for addressing a unique topic, there are universal resources available in order to acquire general knowledge about each country and its position:
FORMATTING: WORKING PAPERS & RESOLUTIONS
Working papers can be one of the most difficult aspects of committee proceedings, due to the numerous requirements in terms of formatting and content the chair expects. Have no fear! The following is a list of guidelines that are synonymous to the working papers of several Model United Nations conference. Furthermore, the chairs will be at delegates' disposal during unmoderated caucusing in order to facilitate any edits or feedback while working papers are being developed.
STRUCTURE OF THE WORKING PAPER
The major elements of any working paper are as follows:
This section includes basic information laid out in the template, including the committee name, topic, working paper number, sponsors and signatories.
* Working papers should have at least one (1) sponsor and one (1) signatory prior to submission to the chair.
II. PREAMBULATORY CLAUSES
The preamble lists the reasons for which the committee is addressing the determined topic. It also acknowledges any past international action that may be relevant to the group's working paper.
III. OPERATIVE CLAUSES
The operative clauses should offer potential solutions or amendments to existing measures that can be taken to address the aforementioned issue.