When preparing for MUN, it is important to research the political positions of your assigned country on the issues to be discussed in your committee - this can be done through internet research, gathering information from media outlets and contacting your country's embassy.
To help you put together the most important points from your research, it is important to create a 'policy statement' for each issue. A 'policy statement' is also referred to as a 'position paper'. It is a max. 1 page document that summarizes your research on the topic and outlines the position your country will take on an issue when debated in committee. Once prepared, you can use policy statements to help develop resolutions and inform arguments in the debates which follow. You will present copies of your policy statements to the chairperson of your committee before the first session opens.
A policy statement typically contains four sections:
(a) Background of Topic - explain the issue and give definitions of any key terms;
(b) Past International Actions - summarize recent international activity related to the issue, referencing any recent important documents such as resolutions passed;
(c) Country Policy - outline your country's political position on the issue;
(d) Possible Solutions - present your own creative proposals for solutions - this part of the policy statement is useful for providing ideas for operative clauses of a draft resolution.
Sample Policy Statement: