Letter from the Secretary-General
Dear Delegates, Faculty Advisors, and members of the HNMUN community,
Welcome to Harvard National Model United Nations 2018!
I am truly honored to serve as your Secretary-General for the Sixty-Fourth Session of HNMUN. We hope that you will join us for the conference, which will be held from Thursday, 15 February to Sunday, 18 February in downtown Boston.
HNMUN constantly strives to embody the educational and diplomatic spirit that inspired the creation of Model United Nations several decades ago. Our commitments to substantive excellence, diplomacy, and service to our delegates are all in the name of fostering greater global cooperation. Despite that we simulate real-world decision-making bodies, we strive to model the ideals of multilateralism and diplomacy.
As HNMUN moves into its seventh decade, we are redoubling our commitment to being not only the premier collegiate model UN experience in the world, but also the leading international relations forum for university students across the globe. It is our mission to bring together and educate the next generation of leaders in international affairs—and, indeed, to bring together and educate students who are already outstanding leaders. More than half of HNMUN’s 3000 delegates come from outside the United States, and we take tremendous pride in that fact. It is our hope that HNMUN can serve as a platform for innovation and a space to build relationships for students with a truly global array of perspectives.
Our Staff of over 230 Harvard undergraduates will be working tirelessly through February 2018 to ensure that your delegate experience at HNMUN 2018 is incredible, both substantively and socially, and we truly hope that you will join us next spring for a fantastic model UN experience. Please browse through our updated website to see all of the committees and opportunities that will be offered at HNMUN 2018, and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. On behalf of the entire staff of the conference, I look forward to welcoming you in person at the Sixty-Fourth Session of Harvard National Model United Nations!
Sarah S. Anderson
Harvard National Model United Nations 2018
NY Position Papers
Please pay careful attention to the guidelines and samples in the NMUN Position Paper Guide when drafting and submitting your position papers. Only those delegations that follow the guidelines and meet the submission deadline will be eligible for position paper awards.
Each committee topic should be addressed in a succinct policy statement representing the relevant views of your assigned country or non-governmental organization (NGO). You should identify and address international and regional conventions, treaties, declarations, resolutions, and programs of action that are relevant to the policy of your country or NGO. You should also include recommendations for action to be taken by your committee. A delegate’s role as a Member State, Observer State, or NGO should affect the way a position paper is written. To understand these differences, please refer to the NMUN Delegate Preparation Guide.
- Length must not exceed two pages.
- Margins must be set at 1 inch or 2.54 cm. for the whole paper.
- Font must be Times New Roman, 10 pt. size.
- Justify the text for your paragraphs so the left and right margins both have straight edges.
- Country/NGO and committee name must be clearly labeled on the first page.
- Agenda topics must be clearly labeled in separate sections.
- National symbols (headers, flags, etc.) are deemed inappropriate for NMUN position papers.
- Convert your document to PDF format.
- A position paper should be submitted for each assigned committee.
- The two page position paper should cover all three topics in the Background Guide, not a separate paper for each topic.
- Do not submit papers for committees not assigned to your country/NGO.
- No more than two delegates can represent a single country/NGO in a committee. If you assign two delegates to represent a country/NGO on a committee, they submit one position paper jointly, not separate position papers from each individual.
- NMUN position papers are not cited as is required for an academic paper. They are written as if they are a policy statement coming from the foreign ministry. While they may reference UN data or past UN Resolutions, formal citations are not used.
Please note that position papers must be comprised of entirely original writing. Based on their research, delegates need to come up with their own ideas and suggestions, and then frame them in their own words. NMUN will not tolerate plagiarism, including copying from Committee Background Guides. Although United Nations documentation is considered within the public domain, the conference does not allow the verbatim re-creation of these documents. Violation of this policy may result in dismissal from the conference.