Position Papers are required for delegates wanting to be eligible for an award.

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 2020, 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, May 3rd, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

An exemplar Position Paper, Press Release and Diplomatic Cable can be found here. Note the following:

  • Position Papers, Press Releases and Diplomatic Cables must be one page per topic.
  • A single Works Cited or Bibliography is required at the end, and can be as short or as long as it needs.
  • The Press Release can be addressed to any news corporation local to the delegate's country position (or an international news corporation).
  • An article title for the Press Release is not necessary.
  • A Diplomatic Cable should be addressed to a foreign minister from a head of government – for example, in this exemplar, the Prime Minister of UK addresses the Foreign Secretary. The delegate was representing the United Kingdom in the FIFA Committee.
  • The paper must be in Times New Roman, 12-point font, and single-spaced.

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.

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.

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.