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POSITION PAPER – MUN Made Easy

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Position paper play a crucial role in making your Model United Nations Conference pleasurable and easy, In this Blog we tried to guide you the same:

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How to Write a Position Paper?

A position paper is a two-page document that describes your country’s position on the topic and what your country wants to do about it. Writing a position paper is important because it helps you understand what you need to say and do at a MUN conference.

In the process of writing the position paper, you will need to read through your research, understand it, analyse it, and think critically about your country. You can take the position paper with you to a MUN conference. It will help guide what to say in your speeches(Don’t worry you can master it easily: Click Here) and what you want to achieve in negotiations and resolutions. You should write a position paper on each of your topics.

Position Paper

A typical position paper contains the following sections, each of which should be 1-3 paragraphs long, and should answer the following questions:

Topic Background

  1. What is the topic’s definition?
  2. Where does the subject occur? Who is concerned?
  3. How many people is it likely to impact? What places and how?
  4. When did this issue start to be a problem?

Past International Action

  • What has your UN committee attempted concerning this topic?
  • What are the most important decisions, summits, resolutions and treaties on this topic?
  • What are the two (or more) viewpoints on this issue?

Country Policy

  • How has this topic impacted your country?
  • What has your country tried to do about this topic?
  • What have your political leaders (your President, Prime Minister, or Foreign Minister) said about this topic? (Use quotes)

Possible Solutions

  • What potential resolution would your nation back? Think of a current solution that could be improved with more funds or assistance.
  • How would this resolution be financed?

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE

There are three major components of parliamentary procedure: Points, Motions and Yields.

Points allow delegates to suggest that rules have been misused, and to ask questions about the rules and of other delegates. All POINTS are not debatable and no voting is required.

  • Point of Order – Used to point out misuse of rules
  • Point of Information – To ask a question of the speaker, at the end of their speech
  • Point of Parliamentary Inquiry – To ask for rules or non-rules-related clarification from the presiding chair

Motions are Proposals that guide the work of the committee. They allow the group to make decisions on which agenda item to discuss, to introduce draft resolutions and amendments and to decide when to hold a final vote. All Motions need to be voted on and a majority vote is necessary for a motion to be passed and adopted.

  • Introduce Draft Resolutions – Brings a draft resolution to the floor for discussion.
  • Introduce an Amendment – Bring an unfriendly amendment to the floor for discussion.
  • Set the Agenda – Chooses which agenda item will be discussed first (only relevant when there is more than one item on the agenda)
  • Suspension of the Meeting – Suspends the formal rules of procedure to allow either moderated or unmoderated caucusing. Also used to suspend debate for breaks in the schedule (i.e., for lunch).
  • Adjournment of the Meeting – Ends the meeting.
  • Open Speakers list – allows for delegates to be added to the speakers list upon recognition by the chair.
  • Moderated Caucus – Opens the house for Moderated Caucusing
  • Unmoderated Caucus – Opens the house for writing draft resolutions with the help of working Papers.

Yields relate directly to who speaks. It allows delegates to indicate how the time which is left from a stipulated time given to them can be used. The time left can be yielded to another delegate, the chair or to points of Information.

Yield to the Chair – The Chair retakes control of the committee.

Yield to another Delegate – Another delegate is allowed to speak until the end of the speaking time (if there are time limits).

Yield to Points of Information – Allows members of the committee to ask questions of the speaker until speaking time has expired.

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