POSITION PAPERS

All standard committees require a position paper (emailed to the Chair). A neatly handwritten or a typed copy may be turned in at the beginning of the first session in lieu of an electronic copy.

Any standard committee delegate will be ineligible for awards if a position paper is not turned in. Crisis committees do not require a position paper.

Delegate INformation

No matter how awesome a position paper is, it is no good if it can't be matched to a delegate! Therefore, position papers should include the following information before anything else.

  • School Name
  • Committee Name
  • Country Name
  • Topic

Introduction

The introductory paragraph should include a brief summary of the topic and the main issues surrounding it. Including your country’s stance on the issue here is optimal as well as including a short preview of any policy that your country has implemented regarding the issue. The best introductory paragraphs remain succinct at no longer than six sentences.

Background

This paragraph is a more in-depth history of the problem and the local, national, and international solutions that have been proposed. Additionally, the best background paragraphs establish the scope and significance of the problem. This paragraph should include

  • the history of the problem
  • the attempted solutions
  • the scope and significance of the problem

Solutions

This paragraph is where background papers really shine!. Creative solutions and efficient implementation will secure an awesome score. Remember, you may not have a pre-written resolution, but this paragraph can certainly be used to spark debate on solutions. This paragraph should include

  • a specific proposal to address the issue
  • an explanation as to how exactly the proposal will solve the problem
  • a guarantee of the proposal's feasibility
  • an examination of the proposal's global implications

Conclusion

The best conclusion paragraphs concisely summarize the issue and your proposed solutions. To really stand out, include a sentence that takes the debate to a "real place." Offer an emotional appeal or a vehement call-to-action.

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