Article 2(1)(e), each State Party undertakes "to encourage, when
appropriate, integrationist multi-racial organizations and movements and
other means of eliminating barriers between races, and to discourage
anything which tends to strengthen racial division."
As part of his
Initiative on Race, President Clinton has taken important steps to
encourage various sectors of United States society to celebrate
diversity and work toward the goal of building One America by promoting
racial reconciliation and encouraging racial equal opportunity for all.
For example, on
July 20, 1999, President Clinton issued a call to action to the legal
community to enlist their support in the fight for equal justice.
Leading organizations in the United States, including the American Bar
Association, the American Corporate Counsel Association, the Association
of American Law Schools and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights,
responded by forming the "Lawyers for One America." Lawyers
for One America is a unique collaboration with a mission to promote
racial justice through increased pro bono legal service and diversity
initiatives within the legal community.
On March 9,
2000, President Clinton met with a broad group of American religious
leaders to highlight new commitments and programs they have pledged to
undertake within the faith community to ensure that the nation's
religious organizations are doing their part to expand diversity, end
racism and promote racial reconciliation. At the meeting, the National
Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ) pledged to hold a national
forum of faith leaders to share information on their efforts and to seek
commitments from other faith leaders to address race issues.
On April 6,
2000, President Clinton met with the leaders of the nation's largest
corporations to challenge them to promote diversity and make commitments
to expand economic opportunities to racial minorities and close the
opportunity gap that exists in the United States. At the meeting,
several corporate leaders pledged to convene dialogues on racial issues,
workplace diversity and employment equity during the next year. In
addition, twenty-five leading companies pledged to spend $250 million,
$1 million per year for the next ten years, to expand diversity in the
high technology workforce.
by President Clinton's leadership on race relations, numerous cities in
the United States, like Indianapolis, Indiana and Grand Rapids,
Michigan, have held or are planning to hold day-long "race
summits" that bring together people of diverse backgrounds to hold
dialogues on racial reconciliation.
of Justice promotes the goals of Article 2(1)(e) through active
involvement in communities beset by either actual or potential
destructive racial conflict. The Department's Community Relations
Service sends experienced mediators to assist local communities in
resolving and preventing racial and ethic conflict, violence or civil
disorder. For over thirty years, the Department has played an enormously
positive role in conflict prevention at the local level.
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) seeks to eliminate racial
discrimination through education and prevention, and by publishing
policy guidance statements, compliance manuals and other educational
materials. The EEOC also regularly sponsors nationwide technical
assistance program seminars, and makes presentations to employee and
employer interest groups. Within the past two years, the EEOC has
developed a comprehensive website http://www.eeoc.gov and
launched a mediation program in each of its district offices, with the
goal of resolving charges of discrimination while preserving working