[BASIC series] Tips for the Working Paper

Do you want to know how to develop a Working Paper that has both length and depth? Do you want to know how to turn good ideas into concrete clauses? Do you want to improve your writing skills and create a Working Paper that can impress people? Wait no more and check out MUN@TIU 2019’s Note on Writing Working Paper!

The Working Paper is the premise of the Draft Resolution which will be voted upon later and if passed, will become the official Resolution. It includes the first drafts of issues discussed in the committee and solutions that you hope to be brought to the floor and discussed through debates, negotiations, and compromise. It is a tool to get your ideas across and convince people to step on your boat.

Different from the strict format rules applied for the Resolution, a Working Paper could take the form of anything, such as reports, graphs, or images. The time to start working on the Working Paper is preferably the unmoderated caucus. Prepare your materials (what you have researched and what have been discussed so far), and locate the delegates you would like to team up ahead of that. Once the unmoderated caucus session starts, approach your partners, discuss and get on to the writing process. Unlike Draft Resolution, you can prepare a Working Paper (since it is your proposal) and bring it to the conference.

Some few tips to produce effective Working Papers:

  • Have a concise and relevant paper: your Working Paper is not the only document circulating around the room since there are other delegates who are trying to build their own as well. If your paper is too long and technical, it may appear unwelcoming to other delegates. Instead of writing a lengthy paper, try to save the additional details for the Draft Resolution and focus straight on the core issues.

  • Timing is important: spending time on your paper is important but make sure it doesn't take you too long to finish. The first delegates to introduce their work would probably earn more attention from the committee and more time to revise the paper.

  • Input: using concrete data would be useful in guiding the committee. For example, statistics about global warming or increasing rates of extinction is an effective way to highlight these important issues. As with the Position Paper, putting sources in your Working Paper help other delegates in double-checking the information you write.

  • Be considerate: As said above, the Working Paper (and the Draft Resolution) is a collective work. If it comprises mostly your clauses and does not have much feedback from your partners, a critical part is missing. In many cases, the lack of contribution from other delegates in your paper indicates that you have not gathered strong support from your partners and they may find partnering with another bloc more beneficial.