Sample Position Papers

The position papers submitted here are formal, public statements of a delegation’s position on the topics under consideration in a particular committee. Position papers may serve as a starting point for negotiations and debate at the Conference. Well-crafted position papers can often take the place of formal opening speeches and allow Representatives to attend to the substantive work of their committees more quickly.

Ideally, position papers lay out a country’s position on an issue before the United Nations, focusing on what a specific delegation would like to address or accomplish at the UN, rather than describing a specific country’s experience with a certain issue. Please see Chapter Five, Position Papers, in the AMUN Rules and Procedures Handbook for more information on writing position papers.

The position papers linked below demonstrate both the format and content of well-crafted position papers for AMUN. They were taken from actual position papers from past AMUN conferences, though the delegation names have been removed. Your delegation’s name will be included on the papers you submit to the 2014 AMUN Conference.

Each delegation should submit one complete position paper that covers all of the committees and topics for their delegation. Generally, position papers are about 300 words (one half page, single-spaced) per topic. Thus, in GA and ECOSOC Committees, the position paper for both topics is about a single-spaced page of text. Some exceptions:

  • Delegations on ECOSOC should submit position papers for only the two primary topics (i.e., do not submit a position paper for topics that are essentially reviewing the work of a simulation that reports to ECOSOC.)
  • Topics in Security Council simulations are not pre-designated. Delegations on the Security Council or Historical Security Councils should select the two or three topics that are most important to their country and submit a position paper (again, about 300 words) for each of those topics.
  • Delegations choosing to take a seat on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) should also submit a position paper for that committee’s two topics.

AMUN uses an online form for the submission of position papers. Papers are NOT submitted in hard copy. If the online form does not work, please contact the AMUN Executive Office (mail@amun.org) for instructions about submitting the delegation’s position paper via e-mail. If, on the day of the deadline, you have difficulty submitting a position paper, please e-mail your submission to mail@amun.org.

Instructions for submission:

  • Each delegation should submit its position papers for ALL committees and topics at the same time. Delegations may save partial position papers in the system before submitting the final position paper.
  • Please do not include any header information (e.g. committee name, topic name, school name, or delegation name) at the top of the form. A header that includes all of this information will be automatically generated by the online system.
  • Copying and pasting position papers from a word-processing document is the easiest way to ensure correct submission. Use two hard returns to create a paragraph break in the position paper. Do not include any formatting in the position paper—any bold, italic, or underline text will be lost.

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about position papers or their submission. Remember that position papers are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on 25 October 2014 in order to be eligible for a position paper award. No position papers will be accepted after 11:59 p.m. CST on 9 November.

•    Sample Position Paper #1
•    Sample Position Paper #2
•    Sample Position Paper #3