CAIMUN's 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 CAIMUN’s inaugural conference, is coming back once again as a requisite for the Specialized Agencies. All delegates participating in specialized agencies will be required to write two different position papers prior to the conference: a press release and a diplomatic cable. Rather than those usual position papers offered at other MUNs, and in lieu of the conventional papers that elaborately regurgitate what Wikipedia dictates, CAIMUN has made preparation not just beyond-the-box, but something to be treasured and celebrated.
A press release is an official statement of policy from a national government, similar to a national press release. 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, 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.