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Position papers are due on Sunday February 11th. Only position papers handed in by the deadline will be considered for an award at the end of the conference. Remember, delegates representing countries designated red in the registration form will be denied voting privileges if a position paper has not been received.  Position papers can be emailed to committee emails, listed below

SECURITY COUNCIL: hsmun.sc@gmail.com.
FUTURISTIC SECURITY COUNCIL: legal.futuristic@gmail.com.
DISEC: hsmun.disec@gmail.com.
HRC: hsmun.hrc@gmail.com.
UNEP: hsmun.sc@gmail.com.
WHO: hsmun.who@gmail.com.
UNODC: hsmun.unodc@gmail.com.

Note: We only require one paper per country for the Security Council.

Position Papers

The Position Paper is one of the most crucial parts of preparing for HSMUN. It ensures that you are prepared for the conference and that you fully understand  your country’s position on the topics at hand.

Your position paper should include two things:

  1. An outline of the relevant background of the country with respect to the topic(s) at hand. This includes your country’s current policies, allies/enemies, relevant future policy goals, level of involvement and attitude about the UN, voting history, and more!
  2. That you intimately understand the goals and concerns of your given country.

Position papers are typically around two pages long, double-spaced. That said, be concise!

A good position paper will include:

  • A brief introduction to your country’s history, or lack thereof, regarding the issue at hand
  • A summary of how the issue affects your country
  • Any relevant policies that your country may have, and their justification
  • Quotes from your country’s relevant politicians on the issue
  • Statistics and citations
  • Any relevant conventions and resolutions that your country has signed or ratified, or chosen not to sign or ratify, especially those within the UN system
  • Relevant UN actions that your country supported or opposed
  • What your country believes should be done to address the issue, and what your country hopes to accomplish
  • How the positions of other relevant countries affect your country’s position, including an analysis of potential allies and adversaries

General Writing Advice

  • Keep it simple. Avoid flowery wording and complicated language.
  • Give each separate idea or proposal its own paragraph. 
  • Cite your sources. Use footnotes, endnotes, or brackets to show where you found your facts and statistics. MLA style is the standard in political science, although any style will be accepted.
  • Edit. Edit. Edit. Edit. Edit your position paper. Then edit it again. No diplomat should ever make spelling or grammar mistakes.
  • Speech! Speech! A good position paper can provide the backbone for a strong introductory speech. During debate, a good position paper will also help you to stick to your country’s policies, and support your cause.
  • Keep it brief.