How to Write a Position Paper for Model UN

Five Parts:Normal FormHuman Rights TopicsEconomic TopicsHealth TopicsWar Topics

Model UN, it is a great way to find global solutions for global problems and it is a great way to improve many skills. But Model UN is not only about debating and discussing resolutions, it is also about preparation. The position paper is one of the most important parts of preparation. It will define your position at the beginning of the debate and will exhibit the resolutions and ideas of the country you represent.

Part 1
Normal Form

  1. 1
    Introduce yourself and your country. For example: "Fellow delegates, I will introduce myself as the delegate of Finland". If you don't like to be very formal, talk about your country's advantages. For example: "Finland is a nation in Northern Europe that has a great health care system."
  2. 2
    Explain the topic and how it affects your nation. For example: "For the Maldives, global warming has always been a top priority, over the years, the sea levels have been rising, putting my delegation in risk of sinking."
  3. 3
    Try to engage other nations to see and accept your position. For example: "Recently, Bangladesh has begun to experience an increase in floods and has observed and recorded higher sea levels too."
  4. 4
    Once you have more common points, introduce your solutions. Remember that you should make solutions that involve everyone and benefit everyone, as much as possible. If you do so, more people will consider you as the committee's leader.
    • For example: "Introducing new alternative energies will help to reduce emissions, slowing the release of emissions that contribute to global warming and helping to prevent the continued melting of glaciers and sea-level rise being experienced around the world. It will also support the American economies that are trying to make businesses from alternate energy production. If these services are also established in Africa, there would be increased work opportunities and better economic outcomes."
  5. 5
    Conclude by stating why this problem is so important. Finish with how your country's resolutions can go a long way to solving the problem. There is no example, it is all up to you.

Part 2
Human Rights Topics

  1. 1
    When talking about human rights, include one or two stories of violated rights. Demonstrate how could they be avoided with your country's solutions.

Part 3
Economic Topics

  1. 1
    When talking about economics, mention your country's industries. Also try to mention as many statistics as possible, as it will make you sound more professional and reflects that you have done your homework.

Part 4
Health Topics

  1. 1
    When it comes to health, research is important. In this case, try to mention what cures have eventuated from collaborative research efforts and which research/medical organizations are the most helpful and why.

Part 5
War Topics

  1. 1
    Consider that war is a very sad and complicated topic. Analyze your nation's priorities––people?; money?; weapons?; territory? After analyzing it, try to apply it in a friendly way to your position paper.


  • Don't focus too much on one thing, try to go over everything quickly but effectively.
  • Make it persuasive, convince everyone.


  • Don't make it very long or you will lose people's attention.
  • Don't make it very short or you will not look serious.

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