Position Paper Policy
CAIMUN has taken a unique approach to pre-conference preparation of delegates. Its position paper policy, having been a
successful staple of the previous iterations of CAIMUN, is coming back once again as a requisite for all committees.
At CAIMUN 2018, all delegates will have the option to choose between 3 distinct types of position papers: standard position
paper, press release, and diplomatic cable.
Position Papers are due on Friday, Arpil 27th at 11:59PM.
A Press Release is an official statement of policy from a national government, analogous to a national press
release in real life. It is intended to be a public statement, and will often include political rhetoric and posturing. A
good press release will attempt to “spin” your country’s position on controversial topics to defray any
criticism. Submitted Press Releases will be available for all other delegations to read on the CAIMUN
online forum, the CAI-Forum.
A Diplomatic Cable is a confidential, internal document that discusses a country’s strategic interests for a
particular topic, which may differ significantly from what your government discusses openly. Whereas
the Press Release is a public statement, the Diplomatic Cable can be compared to a confidential policy
memo for your diplomatic corps. A good Diplomatic Cable will demonstrate a sound understanding of
your country’s internal motives behind a policy decision. Diplomatic Cables will only be viewed by the
CAIMUN staff, and will not be accessible by other delegates.
Standard Position Paper
A position paper is a brief overview of a country’s stance on the topics being discussed by a particular
committee. Though there is no specific format the position paper must follow, it should include a description of
your positions your country holds on the issues on the agenda, relevant actions that your country has taken,
and potential solutions that your country would support.
Additional information and examples of the three types of paper can be found here.
For more information, look on our conference page.
CAIMUN is pleased to offer free internet access in all committee rooms, and indeed, this investment has
been made for a reason. The CAI-Forum – it’s the center of innovation, the stronghold of
communication, and the ultimate database for progress. The CAI-Forum will be split into multiple
sections: a Discussion Forum, Press Releases, WikiLeaks, News Updates, and Committee Resolutions.
As every delegate will have their own account, the first section of the CAI-Forum is the discussion forum,
where delegates can communicate publicly and privately within and across committees. It happens
more than often that time does not allow for every delegate to make their speech on a certain topic. In
these circumstances, the CAI-Forum serves as the underground tunnel for these moderated caucuses,
where delegates can make their case even if the Chair does not select them. Additionally, the CAI-Forum's
private posting system will be the futuristic supplement to usual note-passing.
In addition to being a means for discussion, the CAI-Forum will be a database. All Press Releases
submitted by delegates of Specialized Agencies will be uploaded publicly. The next section will be called
WikiLeaks, another innovative CAIMUN idea that you might be able to un-puzzle for yourself (hint:
Diplomatic Cables). Crucially important will be the next section – News Updates – that will contain all
articles written by IPC members and crises updates. Finally, every single resolution that has been passed
in every committee will be obtained and posted onto the CAI-Forum in the Resolutions section.
In addition to the regular rules of Model UN, CAIMUN 2018 continues to uphold its form of caucus: Divided Debate.
A brave innovation of CAIMUN, the concept of Divided Debates seeks to revolutionize the efficiency of
debate in MUN. Divided Debates will seek to eliminate the circuitous and serpentine jitters from some
delegates that provide no new insight to the topics’ development but rather parrots points already
made by previous delegates. With two clear sides of alternating speakers, delegates are given the
opportunity to directly and efficiently confront the ideas against their country’s policies, out their allies
and contestants, and apply different speech features unavailable in moderated caucuses.
Divided Debates will come in two different forms: Divided Speaker’s Lists and Divided Caucuses.
Divided Speaker’s List: A double-speaker’s list where one side is in proposition of an argument and the
other is in opposition. Delegates may yield their time to other delegates, to questions, to comments,
and to the floor.
Divided Caucus: A moderated caucus where speakers alternate in proposition and opposition of an
All CAIMUN 2018 committees – GA's and SA's alike – will be partaking in a midnight crisis on Saturday night/Sunday morning.
International Press Corps
Being part of the International Press Corps at a Model UN conference can be anything from incredible to
dull, and at CAIMUN 2018, we’re ensuring the former. The International Press Corps is expanding its
function. Often, the relationship between delegates and IPC is one way – IPC writes articles based off of
delegates’ discussion; however, at CAIMUN 2018, we will be fostering a more congruent, realistic, and
interactive approach to the press corps. With the help of the CAI-Forum, not only will delegates’ actions
affect IPC articles, but also, IPC articles will affect delegates’ actions. Just like in real life, the media
influences the politics – and as nations will have to maintain their image and explain themselves in the
case of a blunder, the Model UN experience will be elevated to a whole new level.