About the Position Paper
The BUHMUN conference requires that each delegate prepares and submits a position paper. A position paper is an essay that details your country’s policies on the topic(s) being discussed. Writing a position paper assists you in organising your ideas so that you can share your country’s position with other delegates at BUHMUN. You will also utilise the position paper to develop your speeches and working papers. To be as prepared as possible, you must research both your country and the topic being discussed. Please take note of the BUHMUN guidelines when writing your paper.
BUHMUN Position Paper Guidelines
- Length: maximum of 2 pages
- Margins: must be set at 2.54cm for the entire position paper
- Font: Times New Roman (12 point)
- No national symbols may be used
- Citations and references are not used in BUHMUN Position Papers. They are written like a policy statement from a foreign ministry.
Writing a Position Paper
Every BUHMUN position paper has three parts: a heading; an introduction; and a body.
Part 1. Heading:
The heading needs to include the country being represented, the delegate’s name and high school, and the topic being addressed.
Part 2. Introduction (No more than one (1) paragraph):
Your BUHMUN position paper should briefly outline your country’s experience with the Committee Agenda topic. This should not be a comprehensive list, but enough to appreciate your country’s concerns and/or perspectives.
Part 3. Body:
The body is a summary of your country’s position in response to your committee’s sub-topics. Your paper should use subheadings to convey your country’s concerns and ideas. Remember, a good position paper will not only provide facts but also make suggestions for resolutions to the ongoing problem.
Each position paper should cover many of these points:
- A brief introduction to your country and its history concerning the topic;
- How the issue currently impacts your country;
- Your country’s policies concerning the issue and your country’s justification for these policies;
- Quotes from your country’s leadership about the issue;
- Statistics to support your country’s position on the issue;
- Actions taken by your government about the issue;
- Conventions and resolutions that your country has signed or ratified;
- UN actions that your country supported or opposed;
- What your country believes should be done to address the issue;
- What your country would like to accomplish;
- How the positions of other countries affect your country’s position.
Remember: you are representing a country’s perspective on this topic. Whilst it is tempting to inject your views into the topic, you are representing a specific country.
For your convenience, there are several worksheets and website resources to assist you in writing your Position Paper. These resources can be found here.