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Position Paper Writing Workshop
Transcript of Position Paper Writing Workshop
Position papers are formal statements of a country’s position on the particular issue. They are submitted before the conference and made available to all delegations.
Position papers serve a dual purpose, assisting both an individual delegation and the committee as a whole. For the committee, the position papers facilitate the process of consensus building and allow delegations to find likeminded delegations with whom to collaborate on draft resolutions. For an individual delegation, the research needed to write a thorough position paper is excellent preparation for the process of writing a draft resolution.
Research for a position paper should include background research on the country’s position on the issue, recent statements and actions by the country’s leaders, recent relevant UN action, and the positions of important allies. Delegates are expected to use reliable and official sources such as UN reports. Although additional research will be required, chair reports are excellent introductions to the topics and will include resources for further investigations. Sources should be fully cited using a consistent and standardized referencing system.
1. What is the agenda?
2. Info about your country:
-History & Geography
-Wars & tragic events in recent history that might influence current politics of the country
Before writing a PP:
1. Foreign policy
2. International treaties
3. Allies and adversaries on certain issue
4. Country's political leader's speeches on the topic
5. Speeches of country's permanent representative to the UN
Info regarding the issue discussed:
2. Regional (EU, ASEAN, OAS)
3.Military & Security (NATO, ASCE)
1. What is beneficial for the country?
2. What solutions can the country provide on the issue?
3. What proposals from other countries your delegation will by no means accept?
Once having completed the preliminary research, delegates are ready to write their position paper. Each position paper has three basic parts:
I. The first part should be statement of the problem. In this section, you will outline with the perspective of your country what the main elements of the problem are and what you perceive to be the roots of those elements.
II. The second part of the position paper should include previous actions taken by your country with respect to your topic area. Has there been a particular strategy to tackle this challenge? Have they been successful? What stance has your nation taken in relation to this topic?
III. The final part of the position paper should be a statement of your current position on the topic. What possible solution do you see for the problem at hand? What are some outcomes that your country would not agree with in any situation? What are some outcomes that you would push for vehemently?
Committee: SOCHUM, HKMUN 2013
Topic: Integration of Refugees
Country: South Korea
Representative: Emmanuel Hui
The Republic of Korea has been a signed patron of the 1951 Refugee Convention since 1992, and has been granting citizenship ever since. We believe all economically secure nations should be open to welcoming refugees, and that refugees should work towards integration with the local culture and society. We are the first East Asian nation to pass a “Law on the Status and Treatment of Refugees” which shall be in full effect on July 1st, 2013. It provides a clear legal process by which refugees may register for resettlement into South Korea, a guarantee of their human rights, and allows them to bear a legal status in our nation whilst pending. We believe all countries should implement such policies in accordance to Articles 13, 14, and 15, of the Declaration of Human Rights which promise the rights to “leave any country”, “seek and enjoy another country’s asylum from persecution”, and “change his nationality”. Finally, we love our North Korean refugees. Bring em in! The more the merrier.
Examples of good position papers:
MUN Position Paper Writing Workshop
The position paper should be sufficiently clear for the reader to understand what stand you will take on the issue at the conference. Position Papers should roughly adhere to the following form, with the Country, the Committee, and the Topic included at the top. Please limit each topic area to one single-spaced typed page.