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The U.N. with its different Agency Organisations is the main actor in world peace and human development. Therefore, we consider them to be our most valuable partners.

The E.U. and its Institutions offer an unprecedented opportunity for the development of a Peace Culture on the island. We consider the EU and its agencies as the second most valuable partner in our Peace effort.

National and International Peace Organisations are our natural partners. We look to them to gain from their experience, their methodologies and their wisdom, until such time that we become capable of contributing to the international peace effort.

Locally, our potential partners are whoever is receptive to the idea of engaging in questioning rigid ideas and modes of thinking that may have been responsible for the current adversarial culture on the island. We will work together with all state and non-state actors involved in human development, without engaging in ‘anti’ campaigns towards those we disagree with. We consider the State, the Political Parties, the Media, the Church, Civil Society, the Trade Unions, Educational Institutions, Corporations and Professional Organisations, as our partners in developing a Peace Culture.

Other Civil Society Organisations: In defining Peace Culture, many interlocking factors such as politics, good governance, economics, history, religion, gender, and ecology, need to be addressed. While we are concerned with all these factors and we may, occasionally, decide to voice our concern, or join others working for social change in any of these issues, our activities will focus on that cultural change that will lead to the development of a Peace System and a Peace Culture.

The State:  We will be working with, around, and if necessary, against the political establishment, but always with tolerance, flexibility, and other values conducive to the Peace Culture we seek to promote.

Groups with Opposing Ideas: Our ambition is to create the circumstances for dialogue with those groups that oppose our ideas. Efforts will be made to engage with them in a process of joint Self Development and Experiential Learning in pursuit of the common good. However, we will be ready to resist hard line intransigence and nationalism whenever we believe this is necessary in order to serve our primary objectives.

Proliferation of Peace Groups: Recognising that different individuals or groups have different preferences for work methods and styles, the Centre does not propose to remain a single oversize institution. On the contrary, a decentralised peace movement will provide for multiplicity of initiatives, individual needs for diversification, new modes of work, and safeguard against total failure in the event of individual group failure. Therefore, the proliferation of groups from the Centre will be encouraged and facilitated by the continuation of the sharing of resources with new and old groups.