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Can we unite for peace?

pdf available by Keith Best If you are a peace activist you have to take the long view. Some suggest that real progress is made only in the wake of a disaster or major conflagration. And certainly the ill-fated League of Nations emanated from the First World War and the major instruments that we cherish […]

The UN debates R2P – to what end?

pdf available by Fergus Watt On 25 June 2018 the UN General Assembly held a debate on “The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” as part of the formal agenda of its 72nd session. This year’s debate constituted the first formal discussion of R2P […]

South Asian Federalists meet in Kathmandu

pdf available by James Arputharaj Members of South Asian Federalists (SAF) from Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka and Nepal participated in a regional conference May 17 – 18 in Kathmandu Nepal on “Promoting Universalization and Strengthening Implementation of the Arms Trade Treaty in South Asia.” The regional intergovernmental meeting was organized by the international ControlArms Coalition […]

ICC Update

pdf available By Monique Cuillerier The International Criminal Court is currently engaged in ten preliminary examinations, has eleven situations under investigation, and is pursuing 26 cases that involve 42 defendants. The preliminary examinations are currently being conducted in Afghanistan, Colombia, Gabon, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Regarding Afghanistan, the Prosecutor has […]

Canada and the situation in Mali

pdf available by Corey Levine The following is a summary of Corey Levine’s contribution to the Africa Studies Group’s panel discussion on “Canada’s Contribution to the UN’s Peacekeeping Mission in Mali (MINUSMA): From Risk Taking to Being a Responsible Global Player” that was held April 25, 2018 in Ottawa. Corey Levine is a human rights […]

The Rae Rohingya Report: R2P Missing in Inaction

pdf available by Simon Rosenblum Last year the Canadian government appointed former Ontario Premier and former federal Liberal party interim leader Bob Rae as its Special Envoy to Myanmar [Burma]. His mission was to report on how Ottawa should deal with the present crisis in which over 700,00 Rohingya have been forced to flee the […]

Tribute to Edith Fowke

pdf available by WFMC Board Secretary, Robin Collins Edith (Margaret) Fowke (nee Fulton) CM, was born in Lumsden, Saskatchewan in 1913 and died in Toronto in 1996. In her will, she generously contributed to several organizations, including the World Federalist Movement – Canada, for which we are very grateful. Edith Fowke was a well-known folklorist […]

Update: Peacekeeping and Canada

pdf available by Monique Cuillerier Upon election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to re-engage in UN peacekeeping. He gave explicit instructions to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan in the minister’s mandate letter. In August 2016 Canada announced a commitment of up to 600 military personnel, 150 police and $450 million over three years. That commitment was […]

Branch News

pdf available Vancouver The Vancouver Branch held its annual general meeting on February 19th at the home of Les Brown. Branch president Vivian Davidson welcomed a mix of 25 members and supporters. The meeting included a summary of the past year’s activities, an update on the UNPA campaign from Blake MacLeod, and an explanation on […]

Canada should support “No First Use” of nuclear weapons

pdf available by Bill Pearce Over a quarter century after the end of the Cold War, Russia and the United States are in a dangerous arms race that even President Trump has acknowledged recently as “getting out of control.” As a party to the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Canada has an obligation to pursue […]

Remembering Nita Dunn

pdf available Nita Dunn, who worked for over eight years at the national office of the World Federalists, passed away Friday March 16 at her home on Bowen Island B.C., after a long struggle with Multiple Myeloma. Loyal, bookish and hard working, Nita took care to combine her professional work with the political and social […]

Practical Ideas for UN Reform

pdf available by John Trent On May 10, 2018 Canadian federalists John Trent and Laura Schnurr introduced their book, “A United Nations Renaissance: What the UN Is and What it Could Be” at an event hosted by the United Nations Bookstore. The following are excerpts from Prof. Trent’s remarks. Let me propose three actions that […]

UN2020 update: Toward a 75th anniversary of UN renewal and reform

pdf available by Fergus Watt The text below is based on remarks by Fergus Watt, Coordinator, UN2020 Initiative at a side event April 24 2018 during the UNGA High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace. The idea of a United Nations 2020 Summit starts with a general sense of expectation around the UN’s 75th anniversary […]

COPLA Update Regional governments agree to study proposed criminal court

pdf available by Florencia Gor The campaign for the establishment of a Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court against Transnational Organized Crime (known as COPLA, its Spanish acronym) continues to make steady progress. The proposal has garnered more than 3000 signatories and endorsements from 40 institutions from around the world. On June 8 of this […]

WFM Congress, July 9-13, The Hague: Setting new directions for civil society engagement in global governance

pdf available By Jelena Pia-Comella, Deputy Executive Director, WFM-IGP The WFM-IGP Congress taking place from July 9 to July 13 will bring together world federalists from around the world to consider both the internal dimensions of its work as well as its external, public-facing campaigns and policies. The Congress agenda will include the following: Updates […]