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A Crash Course on Position

Position Paper: A written report outlining someones attitude or
intentions regarding a particular matter.

Essentially, a position paper is what each delegate writes in order to

show their countries opinion on the debate topic. The paper also shows what
actions the country recommends (or what they think needs to be done in
order to solve the issue at hand.) These position papers are important for the
conference because they are the first impression your chair will have of you
as a delegate, and it serves as your blueprint for what your country is trying
to accomplish at the conference. Position papers are also a great way to
organize your research, which you can share with other delegates as you
negotiate your resolutions (no outside research is allowed during the

Qualities a Strong Position Paper Has:

1. It is obvious that you have done thorough research on your countrys

2. Position papers are very direct. Very strong position papers state the
delegates direct opinion, and their ideas for action. Make sure when
writing your papers that they do not get off topic

3. Portraying your country's opinion accurately. Remember, in the

conference you are not yourself. You are a representative of an entire
nation of people. Your country may not share your opinion, but please
try your best to stay in character for the paper (and the conference!)

4. Be sure to include what your country and the UN has already done in
an attempt to solve the issue. As a delegate representing a nation it is
important for you to acknowledge the past and how your solutions will
build off of these previous actions.
5. Explaining your ideas of a solution. The purpose of this conference is
for delegates from all corners of the world to come together and
negotiate solutions for current issues. In order to do this effectively,
each delegate must write out their ideas for a solution in their position

Example of a Strong Position

Country: Italy
Committee: Historical SPECPOL
Delegate: Erika G. Alvarez
School: High Tech High Chula Vista
Topic: Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis

Italy acknowledges the importance of global refugee systems, and notes that the existing issues
surrounding it must be addressed. The systems ability to be sustainable and effective during
times of need is of high concern. When any population of the world is enduring fear or urgency,
especially within vulnerable countries, it is necessary to know there will be no loose ends or
issues arousing once it is resolved. There are currently about 24 million refugees in the world, all
of which are managed by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,
which claims to provide international protection and seek permanent solutions. The first time
any country collaborated to help the issue was in 1921, when Russians left their home countrys
revolution with the help of the League of Nations. Thereafter the Nansen Passport was created,
assuring refugees with their claim to protection under international rules. Since then, Africa,
Sudan, Salvador, Guatemala, Afghanistan and Palestine have all endure a heavy burden, given
their conflicts. Another issue we encounter is the lack of policies dedicated towards refugees
sprouting from environmental issues such as extreme weather events and drought. There is also
no assurance of fair treatment by governments towards refugees. The aftermath is just as blurry
as the process, it is assumed that refugees return to their homeland after the threat has passed but
that is not always the case. The root of the originated issue has to be analyzed to make sure that
their return does not cause the same disturbance.

The UNs involvement has consisted mostly of on-site support in times of need through UN
peacekeeping missions and raising awareness. Some of the past awareness efforts include the
Philippines this year due to rebe outbursts, this of which was mentioned in a conference in
Geneva. South Sudan was also benefited last December. The UN, having already provided
shelter to refugees fleeting conflict, also provided food, vaccines, nutrition supplements and
other supplies to help the growing crisis. The UNICEF and WFP assisted 30,000 people in need
near the border to Ethiopia, helping provide relief to those with hunger.

Italy acknowledges the importance of shelter and asylum when our neighbors are in need. Italy s
therefore a part of the Common European Asylum System (CEAS), which provides those who
fleeting with the asylum they find necessary.

Possible solutions:
- Create standards for life quality within refugee camps
- Collect donations to help help host country/create savings in case of emergency
- Create program of cultural and social integration into the host country, provide support and

Works Cited

"Urgent Need for Shelter Six Months after Clashes Displace Thousands in Southern Philippines
UN." UN News Center. UN, 04 Apr. 2014. Web. 07 Apr. 2014.

"Amid Fears South Sudan Is Imploding, UN Agencies Launch Urgent Operation to

Remote Areas." UN News Center. UN, 28 Mar. 2014. Web. 07 Apr. 2014.