What is a Position Paper?
A position paper reflects your country’s point of view on an issue. A good position paper will also lay out solutions to the issue that could be added in the resolution. You must write one position per topic. Committees often have two topics so you will thus be writing two different position papers. A position paper should be half-a-page to a page.
A Proposed Structure for a position paper
- Introduction: Introduce your topic and your country’s general position on the matter
- Body A: Historical Background of the issue in the world and in your country more specifically
- Body B: The Key Problems within the issue
- Body C: The Possible Solutions your country envisions for the Resolution
- Conclusion: What your country hopes from the debate in the committee
An Example of a Position Paper
COMMITTEE Disarmament and International Security Committee
COUNTRY Republic of Korea
TOPIC DPRK and nuclear proliferation
After the end of World War II, Korea was divided along the 38th parallel. Despite its initial lower level of development in contrast with its Northern neighbor, the Republic of Korea managed to overcome that gap, flourishing economically and becoming a regional power. In the same time, the Northern region floundered with the communist ideology. While the reconstruction of South Korea was based on hard work and peaceful ambitions, it had to live with the hawkish rhetoric and daily threats of DPRK. Since 2006, the threat has become nuclear.
Nuclear proliferation is one of our time’s greatest dangers, with the potential extinction of human life as direct consequence were it ever to be used again. Fifth country in the world for the production of nuclear energy, the Republic of Korea always supported its development for civilian use only, ratifying treaties such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or the Convention of the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons. Recently, progress has been achieved towards nuclear disarmament. Indeed, a new START treaty was signed in 2010, while the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action proved a tremendous achievement and a diplomatic success to manage Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Nevertheless, DPRK did not slow its military nuclear program, with nuclear tests as recently as 2016, and the launch of ballistic missiles despite the setting up of a nuclear weapon free zone in Southeast Asia. DPRK also withdrew from the AIEA, preventing a transparent view on its capabilities. Recognizing the continuing danger that a nuclear DPRK presents to the international community, the Republic of Korea is committed to rallying worldwide support in order to pressure DPRK to abandon and dismantle its nuclear arsenal and facilities. To that end, South Korea is ready to collaborate even more closely with its neighbors on this topic, including China and Japan, uniting in the best interest of the world and for the sake of humanity, and urges the DISEC to pass a resolution demanding complete nuclear disarmament under AIEA supervision.
Moreover, keeping in mind that nuclear disarmament is a global and continuing objective, the Republic of Korea supports the reinforcement of the NPT in order to maintain its legitimacy, credibility and enforceability. Noble intentions are the starting point towards international peace and security, but intentions should be transformed into commitments to achieve this goal. To that end, South Korea is also ready to endorse a leading role in the promotion of peaceful uses of nuclear energy, while complying with non-proliferation obligations.
A world free of nuclear weapons is not impossible to achieve, but it rests on the complete and utter mobilization of the international community, and on its reaction when challenged with threats.