Delegates will be required to submit position papers on their topic areas prior to the conference. General position paper requirements for IYMUN can be found below and in the background guide as well, which will be made available for each committee. Please refer to the Position Paper guidelines listed for specific information. It needs to be uploaded to the committee’s email address as provided on the website. It is advisable to submit the position paper as a .doc or .pdf.
Position papers are usually one to one-and-a-half pages in length. Your position paper should include a brief introduction followed by a comprehensive breakdown of your country’s position on the topics that are being discussed by the committee. A good position paper will not only provide facts but also make proposals for resolutions.
If the delegate does not submit a position paper then delegate will not be considered for any awards even if the delegate has performed significantly during the committee sessions.
A position paper should –
- Organise and outline your viewpoint on an issue.
- Formally inform others of your position as a foundation to build resolution to difficult problems.
- Present a unique, though biased, solution or a unique approach to solving a problem.
- Frame the discussion in order to define the “playing field.” This can put you in an advantageous position with those who may not be so well prepared as regards the issues behind their positions.
- Establish your credibility: Here you are demonstrating that you have a command of the issues and the research behind them, and can present them clearly.
- Let your passion be demonstrated in the force of your argument rather than in the use of emotional terms.
- Guide you in being consistent in maintaining your position in negotiation.