WEEKLY VOCAB #2: WORKING PAPER

To resume the Weekly Vocab series, this week QMS will introduce a brand-new word. This will prove to be of great importance when it comes to your confidence in “conquering” MUN this year.

Working Paper, a term hardly missed in MUN Conferences, will sum up ideas and opinions of one or many nations after discussion and debate. Working Paper will be submitted to Chairs and presented before the Council. After being deliberated by the whole Council, Working Paper will become Draft Resolution.

WHEN IS WORKING PAPER NEEDED?

Working Paper is usually concocted in Unmoderated Caucus. This is the time when Delegates are free to browse the Conference room to establish blocs or exchange views with other Delegates. After discussion, nations sharing the same ideology will work together and devise solutions beneficial to each side and the world, under the form of Working Paper.

WHAT DOES A WORKING PAPER ENCOMPASS?

Since it can be modified throughout the Conference based on nations’ requirements, Working Paper has no particular structure. However, Working Papers usually have two parts: Preambulatory and Operative. As its name has suggested, Preambulatory is actually the introduction, which means Delegates will give a brief overview of the problem as well as reasons for the following solutions. Meanwhile, Operative offers ideas, proposals and orientations to problem-solving.
Besides, when constructing Working Paper, Delegates need to include Sponsors and Signatories. Sponsors are nations partaking in forming the initial ideas. These nations fully assent to all proposals and ideas presented in the Working Paper. Signatories are nations consenting to all terms in the Working Paper and supporting it to be discussed by the whole Council.

HOW TO CONCOCT AN IMPRESSIVE WORKING PAPER?

When it comes to content and format refinement, Working Paper is often neglected. However, as the premise of Draft Resolution, Working Paper is the foundation for Delegates to articulate their proposals most thoroughly in front of the whole Council. That is why polishing the Working Paper is never a waste of time!

Quality more than quantity

Delegates tend to present a long Working Paper; however, in a Conference with various blocs, to mull over 3-4-page long Working Papers is a real challenge. Therefore, focus more on the content of some particular ideas instead of churning out manifold ideas with poor presentation.

Flexible and creative

Thanks to its structural flexibility, Working Paper allows Delegates to choose from a diverse collection of presentation ways to display their ideas most particularly. Graphs and images can appear in Working Paper as a means to assist other Delegates or nations in grasping the ideas. Obviously, any images and examples should be justifiable to make their way on the Working Paper, because you are always under Chairs’ supervision!

We hope that with this post, whoever interested in MUN Conferences and becoming future Delegates will be better equipped for LQDOMUN 2020. See you again next week!


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