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  • 1. Position Papers Global Classrooms 2013-2014
  • 2. Why write a position paper? • For the Comunidad de Madrid evaluation process • To summarize your research • To improve your writing skills • As a helpful guide for your speech at the conference
  • 3. In order to begin writing your position paper, you MUST: • Have all the necessary research on your country and topic • Have specific and focused research questions • Continue looking for useful information and good sources • FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS!
  • 4. What is a position paper? • An essay that expresses your country’s position on your topic and proposes solutions and recommendations for the future • It has a very specific structure that you must follow. We will help you with this, but you must take responsibility for producing good writing!
  • 5. How many drafts will you write? • At least three, if not more. This process is just as much about revising as it is about writing. • We will give you feedback on each draft. Read our feedback carefully and talk to us if you have questions or concerns!
  • 6. Structure of a Position Paper I. Introduction (1 paragraph) II. Body (2 paragraphs) III. Conclusion (1 paragraph)
  • 7. I. Introduction • Brief introduction to the topic in general and a statement on your country’s position • For example, Although Novartis is a Swiss pharmaceutical company, Switzerland has long advocated for increasing the production and distribution of generic drugs.
  • 8. II. Background: National and Foreign Policies on Generic Drugs • Paragraph 1: Specific actions taken by your government related to the topic. – For example, The Indian Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of generic drug companies by denying Novartis’ request for a patent extension.
  • 9. II. Background Continued • Paragraph 2: Conventions and resolutions supported by your country, related to your topic. • For example, In 2003, President George W. Bush signed into law the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which allocated billions of dollars for HIV/AIDS relief and the purchase of antiretroviral drugs.
  • 10. II. Background Continued • Paragraph 3: Statistics and quotations from government officials that express your country’s policies. • For example, India produces roughly 80% of all generic drugs in the world.
  • 11. III. Conclusion • Your country’s recommendations to the committee on how to best resolve the issue in the future. • For example, South Africa advocates for increased production and distribution of generic drugs so that developing nations, such as ourselves, can move closer toward our Millennium Development Goals.
  • 12. Tips for writing a good position paper • Use simple language • Give each separate idea its own paragraph • Make sure each paragraph starts with a topic sentence • Constantly proofread for mistakes! • Cite your sources