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Organization: Association for Conflict Resolution - North Carolina Chapter, ACR-NC
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

Yes.  We are seeing more individuals and companies using mediation and other alternative forms of conflict resolution to settle disputes.  Additionally, we are seeing more organizations and educational institutions interested in learning skills in alternative methods of conflict resolution.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

The hardest obstacle to overcome is the individual's attachment to being right.  Many people see compromise as weakness and winning as the most important goal.  Often collaboration is superficial leaving underlying issues that feed polarization unaddressed.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

We are helping to sponsor the Quad State Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Conference in Charlotte, NC by providing two days of conflict resolution training for attendees.  The theme of the conference is "Valuing Diversity in the 21st Century:  Practice, Policy, and Partnerships".

We participated in a Human Rights event whose topic was the Prison Industrialization Complex.

We have also volunteered our time as facilitators for events being planned in the area to bring parties with polarized views together for conversations.

We are in the process of developing a newspaper column that we hope to syndicate which will explain how alternative methods of conflict resolution have been used successfully in a variety of disputes.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

To encourage use of mediation and other alternative methods of conflict resolution to settle disputes.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

We are the North Carolina Chapter of the Association for Conflict Resolution which is an international organization.  We also have partnered with the Mediation Network of North Carolina, the North Carolina Association of Professional Family Mediators, the NC Dispute Resolution Commission, and the Dispute Resolution Section of the North Carolina Bar for meetings and trainings.

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

To continue reaching out to other organizations and individuals to build diversity within our organization.

To look for opportunities for building Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) programs.

Postal address of organization

P.O. Box 18301  Raleigh, NC  27619-8301

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Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Understanding, tolerance, solidarity

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of peace

Highest priority country of action (or international)

United States

Second priority country of action (or international)

Mexico
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