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TakeAction for October 2018: An expanded leadership role for Canada at the United Nations

In March 2016 Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada’s intention to seek election to a two-year term (2021-22) on the United Nations Security Council. Canada is in a three-way race, competing against Norway and Ireland for two seats assigned to the Western European and Other Group of States (WEOG). The Security Council is the United Nations’ […]

New publication from WFMC

The World Federalist Movement – Canada’s United Nations and Canada project has recently published a new document entitled What Canada Could and Should do at the United Nations 2018: A Question of Leadership. During and after the 2015 federal election, the Liberals set as their firm foreign policy goals a re-engagement and leadership on the world […]

The International Criminal Court and the United States

Earlier this month, our TakeAction addressed US National Security Advisor John Bolton’s recent remarks about the International Criminal Court. (You can watch the speech or read the full text.) This week, US President Donald Trump reiterated many of the same points when he addressed the United Nations General Assembly. Although on Tuesday this week, Canada did, along with Argentina, […]

Inaugural lecture of the Warren Allmand Lecture Series

This year mark’s the inaugural lecture of the Warren Allmand Lecture Series. It will be held on Thursday, October 18 at 6:00 pm at 900 de Maisonneuve West, 8th Floor, in Montreal. The celebrated writer and public intellectual John Ralston Saul will speak on, “The Fight for Freedom of Expression Around the World: A Personal […]

Canada co-hosts first meeting of women foreign ministers

Last week in Montreal, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland co-hosted, with Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy for the European Union, the first ever meeting of women foreign ministers. At the closing press conference Minister Freeland announced the creation of an Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security, as well as $25 million […]

Take Action: John Bolton and the International Criminal Court

On September 10th, United States National Security Advisor John Bolton gave a speech to the Federalist Society in which he spoke, at length and with numerous inaccuracies, about the International Criminal Court. You can watch the speech or read the full text. Bolton began his speech talking about the establishment of the International Criminal Court being the […]

Women Foreign Ministers’ Meeting a First in Two Ways

Feminist activists share issues and priorities with the first-ever meeting of Women Foreign Ministers (Ottawa, September 26, 2018) A coalition of Canadian civil society organizations welcomes the successful conclusion of a fruitful exchange between participants in the first-ever women Foreign Ministers meeting and women’s rights activists. The exchange was held during a working breakfast that […]

Remembering Kofi Annan

WFM – Canada joins with many others around the world in remembering the life of Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations from 1997 to 2006. The Kofi Annan foundation announced his death August 18, saying he died after a short illness. Current UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described Annan as “a guiding force for good […]

National Peacekeepers’ Day: Canada’s support for UN peace operations: Still a work in progress

With more than 104,000 military, police and civilian personnel now serving in 14 UN-led peacekeeping missions, the UN currently supports more troops in field operations than any actor in the world, including the U.S. Department of Defense and more than the UK, France, China and Russia put together. In March of this year, Foreign Affairs […]

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 […]