Position Paper

What is it and how to make one

A position paper defines your delegation’s position and stance, hence it’s called a position paper. Using this position paper, you will create a resolution on the first day of the conference or before.

The first paragraph

  • Introduce and define the topic. 

  • Explain the key terms in your own words.

  • Provide examples on what other countries have done

  • Define if it’s a major problem and whether it needs attention  ​

The second paragraph

  • State the position of your delegation in the opening sentence such as you’re for or against the topic. 

  • Mention if your country is affected and what your government thinks about it. 

  • Name the organizations that your country has joined. 

  • State actions that your country has taken for or against the problem.

The third paragraph

  • The most important paragraph in the position paper. 

  • Provide future solutions. 

  • Solutions can be provided by you or acts that are yet to be executed. 

  • Is essential towards the resolution to be made. 

Important to know...

  • Your position paper must be approximately 1 page long. 

  • It must follow the format mentioned above.  

  • It must utilize MUN related terms (For help with this, please refer to ‘The Basics’ page).   


Making a Resolution


  • The first line should include the committee/ council name.

  • The next line should include the sponsors

  • The third line should include the signatories

  • The last line states the topic to be debated. 

Pre-ambulatory Clauses (pre-amps)

  • Should state the issues the committee aims to solve. 

  • Should state the previous international actions taken on the issue.

  • May also state the reasons why the committee is working on the issue. 

  • Must utilize underlined pre-ambulatory clauses (refer to The Basics page)

Operative Clauses (OCs)

  • Provide solutions to the issue. 

  • Address the issues specifically mentioned in the pre-ambulatory clauses. 

  • Number them to be distinguished from pre-amps. 

  • Include more OCs than pre-amps.

  • Utilize underlined operative clauses (refer to The Basics pages).


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