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NMUN•DC Position Papers - Due 1 October

Please pay careful attention to the following guidelines when drafting and submitting your position papers. Only those delegations that follow the submission guidelines and meet the submission deadline will be eligible for position paper awards.

Position Paper Writing Guidelines

Each committee topic should be addressed in a succinct policy statement representing the relevant views of your assigned country, non-governmental organization (NGO), or expert role. You should identify and address international and regional conventions, treaties, declarations, resolutions, and programs of action that are relevant to the policy of your country or NGO. You should also include recommendations for action to be taken by your committee. A delegate’s role as a Member State, Observer State, or NGO should affect the way a position paper is written. To understand these differences, please refer to the Delegate Preparation Guide.

A position paper should be submitted for each assigned committee.

  • The two page position paper should cover all the topics in the Background Guide, not a separate paper for each topic.
  • Do not submit papers for committees not assigned to your country/NGO.
  • No more than two delegates can represent a single country/NGO in a committee. If you assign two delegates to represent a country/NGO on a committee, they submit one position paper jointly, not separate position papers from each individual.
  • NMUN position papers are not cited as is required for an academic paper. They are written as if they are a policy statement coming from the foreign ministry. While they may reference UN data or past UN Resolutions, like in our samples, formal citations are not used.

Please note that position papers must be comprised of entirely original writing. The NMUN Conference will not tolerate plagiarism, including copying from Committee Background Guides. Violation of this policy may result in dismissal from the conference. Although United Nations documentation is considered within the public domain, the conference does not allow the verbatim re-creation of these documents.

Position Paper Formats

Follow the layout in our Sample Position Paper using the standards below:

  • Length must not exceed two pages.
  • Margins must be set at 1 inch or 2.54 cm. for the whole paper.
  • Font must be Times New Roman sized between 10 pt. and 12 pt.
  • Justify the text for your paragraphs so the left and right margins both have straight edges.
  • Country/NGO name, school name, and committee name must be clearly labeled on the first page.
  • Agenda topics must be clearly labeled in separate sections.
  • National symbols (headers, flags, etc.) are deemed inappropriate for NMUN position papers.
  • Convert your document to PDF format.

How to Submit Your Position Papers

  • One person, preferably the faculty advisor or head delegate, should submit all papers from your delegation.
  • Complete a separate form for each country/assignment.
  • Use the committee name and your assignment in the filename (example: GA1_Cuba).
  • Submit all papers as PDF documents.

A link to submit your position papers, following the guidelines above, will be available here. If you have questions or concerns about the position paper submission process, please email the Secretary-General at secgen.dc@nmun.org. Please do not submit position papers to the SG email account.

If you are requesting an Embassy Briefing, we encourage your delegation to also submit a copy of your position papers to the embassy for the country you've been assigned along with an explanation of the conference.


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Position Paper Sample

Sample Position Paper PDF


Plagiarism Note

Plagiarism will not be tolerated at any point by NMUN/NCCA. Not even the best source exempts delegates from coming up with their own ideas and suggestions, and then framing them in their own words. Delegates should be aware that position papers and draft resolutions are read and evaluated by NMUN staff who have worked on and prepared committee and agenda items for months. This provides them with a profound understanding of the topics and enables them to identify and report incidences of plagiarism.

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