WHAT IS “THE CAR”?
It’s one of the ways Narcotics Anonymous World Services informs the fellowship of Narcotics
Anonymous worldwide what is happening, what needs to be discussed , what needs to be voted on and
the future direction of the NA fellowship worldwide as a whole.
CAR stands for the CONFERENCE AGENDA REPORT
It is a compilation of motions that have been brought before Narcotics Anonymous at the world level.
Just as we have motions and business meetings at group levels, area levels and regional levels we
also have them at the world level. They are voted on at the World Service Conference (WSC) once
every two years by delegates from each region in the world.
Motions can be made by areas, regions or the World Board. Motions made by areas and regions often involve issues
important to the local areas or regions while World Board motions concern the world wide fellowship as a whole.
These motions affect NA as a whole and impact NA members all around the world.
HOW THE VOTING WORKS
How voting works is that each Group Service Representative (GSR) has an opportunity to learn about
the motions by attending a CAR workshop. The GSR then goes to their group and has a meeting
(suggested as a separate one from business or regular meeting) to explain the motions to their group
and have voting. The GSR then goes to the AREA SERVICE COMMITTEE MEETING (ASC) and gives
the Regional Committee Member (RCM) their tally of the votes. The RCM then compiles them and
brings it to the Regional Service Committee (RSC) and the RSC compiles those tallies from all areas.
Every one has an opportunity to learn about the CAR and vote on it at their group.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT THAT A GROUP REPRESENTATIVE ATTEND A CAR WORKSHOP?
It’s important that each group have at least one person who has a thorough understanding of the CAR
before voting so that no biases are created and so that questions can be answered thoroughly and
accurately. The representative does not have to be the GSR if they do not have one OR the GSR
cannot attend. The workshop will provide information about the CAR report.
“There’s a sense of pride when we can see the results of discussions and decisions after reading the
CAR. When we see a particular piece of literature on the rack at our meetings and we can say to
ourselves, “I voted on that piece,” we feel connected to NA in a way that we may not have felt before.
It’s our chance to be part of that “collective expression” our Mission Statement talks about.”
(From pg. 2 of World Board Report)