Position Paper Rubric

This conference requires that each delegation submit a position paper — information outlining each delegation’s policies on one of the topics being discussed. The position paper helps the delegates organize their ideas and share their foreign policy with the rest of the delegations. These papers are due one week before the conference. Most position papers are one page in length for each topic, and contain a brief introduction and a comprehensive breakdown on a country’s position.

What the paper should include:

The position paper should include a brief introduction and a comprehensive breakdown of the country’s position on the topic. An excellent position paper must include:

* a clear statement of policy on each topic;

* the country’s background on the topic, including;

– political and/or foreign policy

– action taken by the specific government in relation to the topic

– conventions and resolutions that the country has approved related to the topic

– quotes taken from speeches made by heads of government

* the type of resolution the country hopes to sponsor or approve.

*adapted from the UNA-USA website, www.una-usa.org