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    • + MATERIALS HighlightersFriday Handout (last5 OCTOBER 2012 lesson) Laptop Foci: Policy Statement: 1. Background Paragraph 2. Stance paragraph 3. Suggestion paragraph
    • + The 5 PARTS of a POLICY STATEMENT1. Explain and define the issue and its mostimportant terms;2. Provide a short summary of recentinternational action related to the issue;3. Refer to key documents that relate to the issue;4. State the country’s general position on theissue;5. Make suggestions of your own that are in linewith your country’s policies to provide a solution tothe issue. Make sure your policy statement does notexceed 500 words.
    • + How to write a policy statement  ORGANIZE the 5 PARTS into 3 PARAGRAPHS1st paragraph Outline/Background (History of the issue in my country) What is the background to my country’s point of view on the issue?2nd paragraph Country’s Stance/Position on the Issue What is my country’s current position on the issue?3rd paragraph Diplomacy Building/Action Plan What does my country hope to achieve in relation to the issue? What have other member states that share my country’s view done in this area?
    • + Policy Statement: Background Paragraph The Issue: What are the key concepts that I need to define? Summarize the issue in one sentence Is the country contributing to the problem? How does the issue affect the country? Does the country’s type of government and/or religious beliefs contribute to the problem or stop the country from addressing the issue? How long has this issue affected the country? How long has this issue impacted globally? Does the country work with other organizations to address the issue?
    • + Let’s evaluate an example of a background paragraph (Issue: Human Rights Abuses) Korean conflict has been arousing for many years. For a long time the development of disparities between the two Koreas have been witnessed - mainly on the ground of human rights. While South Korea is the country that is one of the most respectful of human rights, North Korea is one of the worlds leaders in violencing them. As far as we know from available sources, people in North Korea have no dignity, no right to protection or expressing their own opinion. The current generation has been thoroughly indoctrinated and does not even realize their right to have free media and is not able to create a functioning civil society.
    • + Let’s evaluate an example of a stance paragraph (Issue: Human Rights Abuses) Brazilian experiences in dealing with fragile human rights issues are very complex. Our country does not have a stable tradition of obeying those rules, but in effect of recent activities we are developing new solutions and decisions which could be introduced worldwide with a great effect. The situation in North Korea is more difficult. We are all aware about widely spread disrespect of human rights in every aspect in this country.
    • + Let’s evaluate an example of an action plan paragraph (Issue: Human Rights Abuses) In our opinion, the revolution of any kind would only be harmful for Korean society. Any actions should be preceded by continous education and regular actions. Soution we, as a Federative Republic of Brazil, suggest is a calm cultural change. As a country closely connected to North Korea, we undertook actions aiming to help Korea manage with difficult situation. Starting with donating food for the poorest of this country we develop the cultural exchange - movies, festivals and celebrations are the first step to expand common vision on attitutde to restricting human rights. We are also opposing to any new sanctions against North Korea - it would only make lives of Koreans more miserable. Calm development and deliberate actions are, in our opinion, the only reasonable option with dealing with Korean issue.
    • +Now let’s ASSESS the background paragraph for its IDEAS (CONTENT)Exemplary Proficient Developing EmergingExceptionally clear The writing is clear The writing is general. The writing needs aand focused ideas and focused. central idea or purpose The reader canMain ideas stand out The reader can easily understand the main The reader strugglesand are developed by understand the main ideas, although they to understand thestrong support ideas. Support is may be overly broad main ideas due tosuitable to audience present, although it or simplistic, and the minimal development;and purpose. may be limited or results may not insufficient details or rather general be effective. irrelevant details that Supporting detail is clutter the text. There often limited, may be extensive insubstantial, overly repetition of detail. general, or occasionally slightly off-topic
    • + Finally, let’s assess the background paragraph for its WORD CHOICEExemplary Proficient Developing EmergingWords convey the Words effectively Language is quite Imprecise words areintended message in convey the intended ordinary, often lacking often used detractingan exceptionally message. precision and variety, from the message.precise, and natural or may beway appropriate to inappropriate toaudience and audience and purposepurpose. in places.The writer employs a The writer employs a The writer employs The writer employsrich, broad range of variety of words that words that are general, vague wordswords, which have are specific and accurate for the most that communicate abeen carefully chosen functional, and part, although ‘fuzzy’ meaningand thoughtfully appropriate to misused words may and/or uses certainplaced for impact audience and occasionally appear, words repetitively purpose. technical language or jargon may be overused or inappropriately used.
    • + Let’s evaluate another example of a background paragraph (Issue: HIV/AIDS) On September 25th 2003 the Malaysian Prime Ministerpresented Kofi Anan, on behalf of the United Nations, a tepaksireh, which is a ceremonial vessel to hold the ingredients forbetel chewing, a very significant social custom for theMalaysians. As Kofi Anan phrased it a tepak sireh embodiesthe rich culture, art and history of Malaysia and it representscommunication and harmony among peoples, two essentialingredients for today’s session on HIV/AIDS. Each nationpresent here today is different and we must respect andrecognize each other’s differences. Delegates, AIDS knows noborders, thus we must unite in combating this plague that hasattacked our people.
    • +Now let’s ASSESS the background paragraph for its IDEAS (CONTENT)Exemplary Proficient Developing EmergingExceptionally clear The writing is clear The writing is general. The writing needs aand focused ideas and focused. central idea or purpose The reader canMain ideas stand out The reader can easily understand the main The reader strugglesand are developed by understand the main ideas, although they to understand thestrong support ideas. Support is may be overly broad main ideas due tosuitable to audience present, although it or simplistic, and the minimal development;and purpose. may be limited or results may not insufficient details or rather general be effective. irrelevant details that Supporting detail is clutter the text. There often limited, may be extensive insubstantial, overly repetition of detail. general, or occasionally slightly off-topic
    • + Finally, let’s assess the background paragraph for its WORD CHOICEExemplary Proficient Developing EmergingWords convey the Words effectively Language is quite Imprecise words areintended message in convey the intended ordinary, often lacking often used detractingan exceptionally message. precision and variety, from the message.precise, and natural or may beway appropriate to inappropriate toaudience and audience and purposepurpose. in places.The writer employs a The writer employs a The writer employs The writer employsrich, broad range of variety of words that words that are general, vague wordswords, which have are specific and accurate for the most that communicate abeen carefully chosen functional, and part, although ‘fuzzy’ meaningand thoughtfully appropriate to misused words may and/or uses certainplaced for impact audience and occasionally appear, words repetitively purpose. technical language or jargon may be overused or inappropriately used.
    • + One more sample (Issue: Terrorism) France is very concerned about the problem of terrorism in the Middle East. Terrorism has been a major problem in the Middle East for decades now: ever since the British mandate over Palestine after World War I, terrorist groups have tried to further their causes through intimidation, violence and murder. Terrorists in the Middle East act in many locations and fight for a vast variety of purposes: from the liberation of Palestine to the creation of an independent state for the Kurdish population. France applauds Security Council resolution 1269 of the 4th of October 1999 for its total condemnation of terrorism, regardless of the motive.
    • +Now let’s ASSESS the background paragraph for its IDEAS (CONTENT)Exemplary Proficient Developing EmergingExceptionally clear The writing is clear The writing is general. The writing needs aand focused ideas and focused. central idea or purpose The reader canMain ideas stand out The reader can easily understand the main The reader strugglesand are developed by understand the main ideas, although they to understand thestrong support ideas. Support is may be overly broad main ideas due tosuitable to audience present, although it or simplistic, and the minimal development;and purpose. may be limited or results may not insufficient details or rather general be effective. irrelevant details that Supporting detail is clutter the text. There often limited, may be extensive insubstantial, overly repetition of detail. general, or occasionally slightly off-topic
    • + Finally, let’s assess the background paragraph for its WORD CHOICEExemplary Proficient Developing EmergingWords convey the Words effectively Language is quite Imprecise words areintended message in convey the intended ordinary, often lacking often used detractingan exceptionally message. precision and variety, from the message.precise, and natural or may beway appropriate to inappropriate toaudience and audience and purposepurpose. in places.The writer employs a The writer employs a The writer employs The writer employsrich, broad range of variety of words that words that are general, vague wordswords, which have are specific and accurate for the most that communicate abeen carefully chosen functional, and part, although ‘fuzzy’ meaningand thoughtfully appropriate to misused words may and/or uses certainplaced for impact audience and occasionally appear, words repetitively purpose. technical language or jargon may be overused or inappropriately used.
    • + Let’s evaluate an example of a background paragraph (Issue: Space Arms Proliferation) Japan continues to be a leader in the development of peaceful space technology. Since 1970, when the first successful launch of a satellite from Japan was achieved, applications in communication, broadcasting, meteorology, and earth observation followed in rapid progression. Japan has worked to co-operate with the United States, Western Europe and Canada in the construction of an earth-orbiting space station.
    • + Let’s evaluate an example of a stance paragraph (Issue: Space Arms Proliferation) The government of Japan believes that space technology development is critical for the nation’s future, so it is encouraging active participation in this industry by Japanese firms. Because of its international approach to peace and security Japan strongly supports the Outer Space Treaty. Preventing the deployment, placing, or testing of nuclear weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in space must be accepted as a fundamental principle of this new frontier. The Strategic Arms Limitations Treaty (SALT 1) also set a precedent in establishing protection from attack from a country’s orbiting satellites. This convention should be extended as a matter of international law.
    • + Let’s evaluate an example of an action plan paragraph (Issue: Space Arms Proliferation) The government of Japan commends the Advisory Committee and the Preparatory Committee in preparing the draft report of UNISPACE III, the Executive Summary, and the Vienna Declaration eight months in advance. However, Japan is concerned at the cleavages that have been accentuated between Western space powers and the non-space states. Japan emphasises the continued practical benefits to life on earth of the diverse spin-offs of space technology. The delegation of Japan is certain that the debates in our committee are going to be stimulating and will provide new solutions to this problem.
    • +Now let’s ASSESS the background paragraph for its IDEAS (CONTENT)Exemplary Proficient Developing EmergingExceptionally clear The writing is clear The writing is general. The writing needs aand focused ideas and focused. central idea or purpose The reader canMain ideas stand out The reader can easily understand the main The reader strugglesand are developed by understand the main ideas, although they to understand thestrong support ideas. Support is may be overly broad main ideas due tosuitable to audience present, although it or simplistic, and the minimal development;and purpose. may be limited or results may not insufficient details or rather general be effective. irrelevant details that Supporting detail is clutter the text. There often limited, may be extensive insubstantial, overly repetition of detail. general, or occasionally slightly off-topic
    • + Finally, let’s assess the background paragraph for its WORD CHOICEExemplary Proficient Developing EmergingWords convey the Words effectively Language is quite Imprecise words areintended message in convey the intended ordinary, often lacking often used detractingan exceptionally message. precision and variety, from the message.precise, and natural or may beway appropriate to inappropriate toaudience and audience and purposepurpose. in places.The writer employs a The writer employs a The writer employs The writer employsrich, broad range of variety of words that words that are general, vague wordswords, which have are specific and accurate for the most that communicate abeen carefully chosen functional, and part, although ‘fuzzy’ meaningand thoughtfully appropriate to misused words may and/or uses certainplaced for impact audience and occasionally appear, words repetitively purpose. technical language or jargon may be overused or inappropriately used.
    • + Last example of a background paragraph (Issue: Conflict in Syria) The delegation of Great Britain and Northern Ireland would like to express its delight and gratitude at being allowed to participate in these debates concerning the disputes in Syria. The delegation of the United Kingdom believe that this dispute must be settled immediately, and trusts that the other countries present will agree with the notion that under no circumstances may we appease and repeat anything that could ultimately lead to a reoccurrence of the unrest in Libya. The United Kingdom feels strongly that any aggression must be combated, and urges the delegates to think about the disregard for human rights, economic lapses and corruption that have been caused by Bashar al-Assad, and started the Syrian Uprising.
    • + Last example of a stance paragraph (Issue: Conflict in Syria) The United Kingdom would like to state that it supports the people who arefighting in the name of freedom, for reduction of unemployment, improvement ofliving conditions and a more democratically led government. Honourable delegates,must work together to try and rid Syria of the troubles that the government’sincompetence and ineptitude have caused, especially trying to re-establish freedomof trade, support towards the local industry, and freedom of speech, press andassembly. Corruption and fraudulent elections must also be stopped immediately.The government of the United Kingdom has called upon al-Assad to respect theirpeople’s rights to peaceful protest, and to take action about their legitimategrievances. The United Kingdom would like to remind delegates that along with theUnited States, France and Germany, there has been a United Nations non-bindingresolution created by the Security Council condemning the Syrian government for itsresponse to the uprising. The violent repression must stop!
    • + Last example of a action plan paragraph (Issue: Conflict in Syria) The United Kingdom believes that achieving these aims will not be problematic if all of the countries gathered here today will put past their differences and strive to amalgamate their views into positive resolutions. I am open to any points of information, I yield the floor back to the Chairs.
    • + Adding make-up to your policy statementa. You must have a title Policy Statementb. Indicate your country’s delegation Delegation: Namibiac. Indicate your commission Commission: Nuclear Weaponsd. Indicate the question for debate The Question of Nuclear Disarmamente. Greet the other members (salutation) Honorable Chair and Distinguished Delegatesf. When you have finished presenting your policy statement, you have to say I yield the floor to the Chair
    • + Noodletool Notecards (10) 4-5 notecards = definition of key terms 1 notecard = issue explanation (paraphrase) 2-3 notecards = issue’s relevance to country 2-3 notecards = contributing factors 1 notecard = chronology of issue’s impact on country 1-2 notecards = global implications/impacts of issue 2-3 notecards = other related organizations supported by country
    • + HOMEWORK due: Sunday @ 9PM  COMPLETE Policy Statement  PRINT Policy Statement and bring to Social Studies class