How to Write a Position Paper

paragraph 1: INTRODUCTION

What is a current UNRESOLVED problem related to this topic in the world that deserves global attention? Describe the problem in as much detail as possible including information about why the problem remains unresolved and deserves global attention rather than national or regional attention.

paragraph 2: CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM

Describe how developing nations cause the problem. Consider economic, political, and/or social causes.

Paragraph 3: CAUSE OF THE PROBLEM

Describe how more developed, 1st world nations are causing the problem. Consider economic, political, and/or social causes.

Paragraph 4: THE ROLE OF THE UNITED NATIONS

What has the United Nations done in attempting to resolve the problem?

Paragraph 5: YOUR NATION’S POSITION

What is the position of your nation on the problem?

Paragraph 6: OTHER NATION’S POSITIONS

What are the possible positions of two other nations in your committee on the problem?

Paragraph 7: PROPOSE A SOLUTION

Consider the key question provided to you in the agenda topics. What should the United Nations do to further resolve the problem? Your solution must be consistent with your country’s position.

Requirements for Position Papers:

Each position paper must be at least one page in length but no more than four pages in length, typed and double spaced. Papers should be typed in Times New Roman utilizing 12 font. Each paper must cite its resources. Wikipedia is not acceptable as a source.