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Position Papers
Global Classrooms 2013-2014
Why write a position paper?
• For the Comunidad de Madrid
evaluation process
• To summarize your research
• To improve you...
In order to begin writing your
position paper, you MUST:
• Have all the necessary research on
your country and topic
• Hav...
What is a position paper?
• An essay that expresses your country’s
position on your topic and proposes
solutions and recom...
How many drafts will you
write?
• At least three, if not more. This process
is just as much about revising as it is
about ...
Structure of a Position
Paper
I. Introduction (1 paragraph)
II. Body (2 paragraphs)
III. Conclusion (1 paragraph)
I. Introduction
• Brief introduction to the topic in general and a
statement on your country’s position
• For example, Alt...
II. Background: National and
Foreign Policies on Generic Drugs
• Paragraph 1: Specific actions taken by
your government re...
II. Background Continued
• Paragraph 2: Conventions and resolutions
supported by your country, related to your
topic.
• Fo...
II. Background Continued
• Paragraph 3: Statistics and quotations from
government officials that express your
country’s po...
III. Conclusion
• Your country’s recommendations to the committee on
how to best resolve the issue in the future.
• For ex...
Tips for writing a good
position paper
• Use simple language
• Give each separate idea its own
paragraph
• Make sure each ...
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  1. 1. Position Papers Global Classrooms 2013-2014
  2. 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. 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. 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. 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. 6. Structure of a Position Paper I. Introduction (1 paragraph) II. Body (2 paragraphs) III. Conclusion (1 paragraph)
  7. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
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