ETHS MUN Position Paper Guidelines 2012
General Formatting Guidelines
• Use size 10-12 point Times New Roman or similar block font, single spaced.
• Paper should be, at the most, two (2) pages long
• Each position paper should feature a heading in the upper left-hand corner of EVERY page
with your committee, topic, and country—in that order. For example:
Committee: Security Council
Topic: Nuclear Power in Iran
Country: United States of America
• Each paper should have four bold subheadings aligned with the left margin of the page:
Background, United Nations Involvement, Country Policy and Involvement, Possible Solutions
• Use footnotes!
Writing the Paper
Your position paper should have the following four main parts:
•This should be the smallest section.
• Summarize the topic up to the current date (mention when and how the problem
started, but focus most on the current issue.).
• Explain the topic’s relevance to the international community.
• Incorporate the answers to who/what/where/when/why-type questions.
• Include appropriate statistics.
• Every sentence should include a valid, important piece of information. No fluff!
•This should be slightly longer than the previous section
• Answer: What has the United Nations done to alleviate the problem?
• Discuss UN organizations and resolutions that pertain to the topic.
• Avoid listing information! Explain the organizations involved, making sure to
cover their functions, missions, and future plans. For resolutions, explain their
affect on the issue.
Country Policy and Involvement
• Explain the official position of your country and provide evidence.
• Summarize how your country has dealt with the problem internally and/or
• Name the organizations and resolutions to which your country supports or
• Create your own solutions to the problem. Don’t copy verbatim the solutions
you find in your research, but do build off of different solutions you come across
and improve on them.
• Make sure that your solutions are strong, logical, feasible, and supported entirely
by your country’s position.
• Keep in mind that it is encouraged to organize your solution into steps.
• Remember basic obstacles, and explain how to solve them! Funding is the
complication most commonly mentioned.
• When your problem is extensive (AIDS, nuclear non-proliferation, etc) focus
your solution on one part of the problem that your country could reasonably
•Education is a feasible solution but it may never stand alone.
Your position papers must have citations, and footnoting is the best way to cite your sources
within your paper. When you footnote, you place a superscript number after the information in
question that corresponds to a footnote at the bottom of the page. Microsoft Word or Open
Office will allow you to insert footnotes easily into your paper.
The MLA guide is a handy resource here: http://www.aresearchguide.com/8firstfo.html. The first
time a source is cited, a full citation must be included. All future citations should just include the
author’s last name and, if applicable, a page number. If two sources have the same author’s last
name, include the article title. NOTE: Footnotes do not look like works cited entries. DO NOT
copy and paste without formatting them properly.
Author’s First and Last Name, Book Title (City of Publication: Publisher, Date of
Publication) Page Numbers.
Frank Feather, Canada's Best Careers Guide 2000 (Toronto: Warwick, 2000) 152-3.
Author’s First and Last Name, “Title of Article,” Title of Database Date of Material, Date
of Access <website address>.
Abdullah al-Shiri, "Danish Cartoon Prompts Protest," Sunday Herald 29 Jan. 2006, 12
Feb. 2006 <http://ww1.sundayherald.com/53793>.
*if there is no author title, database name, etc., skip them.