Policy statements are an important part of delegate research and idea organization. They should address each topic on the agenda and present the country’s national view on each. These statements can also be used as a research aide, by showing what you know about the topics and your country’s views on them and pointing towards areas that need more work.
At TIMEMUN, you will probably be asked in your committee to present a policy statement to the other delegates before official lobbying time. This statement should be in the form of a short speech, about a minute long, with the objective of alerting other delegates of the possibilities of working together with you on achieving similar goals. A good policy statement will give a concise but comprehensive view of your country’s background on the topics, its current positions, and what it hopes to achieve in relation to the topics. Referring to other countries that share your views and previous work done in the United Nations on this topic adds strength to your position.
While the following sample is shorter than an actual policy statement, it should give you a good idea of what needs to be included. A typical policy statement will consist of three paragraphs: one about the background of the topic in general, one about what your country has had to do with the topic in the past, and one about possible solutions to the problem.
Sample Policy Statement:
The People’s Republic of Lilliput concerning the issue: What side of a hard-boiled egg should be cracked?
The People’s Republic of Lilliput have long endorsed the breaking of the wide end of the egg as the one true way to accomplish the cracking and eventual consumption of the egg. We have fought unswervingly against separatist groups who wish to desecrate the sovereignty of the egg and crack it on its narrow side.
The People’s Republic of Lilliput is a signatory of the 5th Geneva Convention (concerning perambulatory measures to the devouring of poultry and spawn) and as such, hopes to maintain peace and stability in the region.
The Lilliputians believe that an end to the conflict can be attained through peaceful means. The PRT (People’s Republic of Lilliput) plans to hold a peace summit to which all world leaders are invited, in order to resolve the conflict. Nevertheless, the PRT maintains the right to use nuclear weapons if the conference reaches an impasse.
(Written by Nir Weintraub, January 2004)