How to write a position statement
In order to address the session successfully, it is necessary to write a Position Paper.
Requirements for positions’ formatting are standard: written in Times New Roman 14 font size, with 1,5 interval. Your text should not be extensive, 1-1,5 pages of A4 format would be enough. You will have only a few minutes to present it. Note that you shall use pronoun "we", as you are to speak on behalf of your country's delegation.
Having all the materials collected, you can get to work!
- Every speech shall begin with greetings towards the Board and other delegates.
- Introduction: 3-4 sentences would be enough. Here, you should describe the urgency of the problem and explain how it affects the whole world and the country you represent.
- Main body. Here, indicate measures taken by the government, state if they are successful. If your state does not support the UN’s position, justify it and describe the historic background in this field. In addition, it is in this part that you suggest your own measures to tackle the issue. It is common to begin this part with the phrase: "Our country suggests the following policy..." - or with any other equivalent.
- Conclusion. Express the hope that the problem will be successfully resolved.
As soon as the Position Paper is ready, make sure it does not contain neither grammar nor spelling mistakes.
Make your text understandable, do not use complex constructions. Remember to check all the facts you mention. Do not aim to offend on other participants. Finally, hold a preliminary rehearsal to ensure your presentation sounds decent.
Don’t forget to make sure that your position answers the following questions:
- How does your country’s/organisation’s history relate to the agenda?
- How does the problem affect your country/organisation?
- What is the county’s/organisation’s policy on this issue and how is it justified?
- What measures have been taken by your government/organisation? What relevant agreements and resolutions has it ratified or signed?
- Does your country/organisation support UN policy?
- What shall be done to solve the problem?
- What would your country/organisation struggle to attain in the final resolution, and how can the attitude change under the pressure of other actors?