Position Papers

How do I write my SFMUN position paper?

What is a position paper?

A position paper is a document that demonstrates your delegation’s policy on the committee topic(s). In it, delegates should emphasis key facts about their delegation’s position and policies regarding the topic(s), as well as illustrating possible solutions to the topics at hand. These are required in order to be eligible for an award.

What do I include in the position paper?

Topic Background: The facts of the issue AND country policy

Past Action: What organizations (including the UN) have done in the past

Possible Solutions: What can we do in committee to solve this?

Attempt to answer the “questions to consider” included within the background guides. Delegates should try to integrate answers into paper rather than just simply answer them.

Cite your sources!

How do I format my paper?

Minimum 1 page per topic

Font: Times New Roman, 12 pt.

Double spaced with 1-inch margins.

Upper left- hand corner should include the delegation (country)

Should be written in the third-person

How else should I prepare for SFMUN?

Below is a COMPLETELY OPTIONAL checklist with tips to help you all feel as prepared as possible for SFMUN. Your chairs will not know whether you've filled this out or not, it's only available for your own benefit.

How should I submit my position paper?

Delegates should email their position papers as a PDF to the email on the committee page, and include their committee name and delegation name in the subject of the email. Please title your pdf with your country name and the committee name. (Ex. China_ECOSOC). These are due December 1.

Your chairs will send you feedback on your position papers before the conference so that you will have time to adjust to their constructive criticism before debate starts. If you're having trouble reaching out to your chairs or haven't heard back from them, please contact the secretariat.

Please email the secretariat if you'd like an extension. We can give out extensions to entire schools, or to individual delegations depending on the circumstances. Please do not email for an extension on the due date.