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About 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 "Research and Preparation" in the AMUN 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 2024 AMUN Conference.
Per "Research and Preparation" in the AMUN handbook, 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. These papers should not be formatted in any way (bold, italics, footnotes, etc.). Each topic for your country’s committee/council assignments should be covered. Some exceptions:
- 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 World Health Assembly (WHA) should also submit a position paper for that committee’s topics.
- Position papers are not required for either ICJ Judges or IPD Reporters.
Finally, please note that the complete position paper for your delegation should ONLY be submitted when all papers are available and ready to go. Please do not submit partial or incomplete position papers for your delegation(s).