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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 topics being discussed. Writing a position paper assists you in organising your ideas so that you can share your countries 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 your country and the topic. Please take note of the BUHMUN guidelines when writing your position paper. Failure to follow these guidelines may impede you from being considered for an award.

BUHMUN Position Paper Guidelines

  •  Length | maximum of two (2) pages
  • Margins | must be set at 2.54cm for the entire position paper
  • Font | Times New Roman (12 point)
  • No national symbols are permitted
  • Citations and references are not required for a BUHMUN position paper. The papers should be written like a policy statement from a foreign ministry. *

*Tip: try to find a position paper that has already been written by the country you are representing. This will help you appreciate the tone of the writing required

Writing a Position Paper

Every BUHMUN position paper has three parts: are you heading; an introduction; and a body.

Part 1. Heading

The heading needs to include the country being represented, the delegates name and high school, and the committee topic being addressed.

Part 2. Introduction (No more than one (1) paragraph):

The introduction of your BUHMUN position paper should briefly outline your country’s experience with the committee agenda topic. The introduction should indicate the main issues your country wishes to address at the conference.

Part 3. Body

The body summarises your country’s position concerning the subtopics you have identified. Your paper should use subheadings to convey your country’s concerns and ideas. Remember, a good position paper will provide facts and make suggestions for resolutions to the ongoing problem that has been identified.

Resources

For your convenience, there are several worksheets and website resources to assist you in writing your Position Paper. These resources can be found here.