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Supporting the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly

Last winter a number of WFMC members and supporters contributed to the advocacy around the longstanding campaign to encourage Canadian parliamentarians to endorse the proposal for United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA). Together we were successful in increasing the number of Canadian parliamentarians who support a UNPA from 33 MPs and Senators to the present 54. […]

International Criminal Court Update

WFM – Canada and officials at Global Affairs Canada co-convened a meeting November 1 to discuss a range of topics related to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC’s annual Assembly of States Parties (ASP) takes place December 4 to 14 at UN headquarters in New York. With important elections taking place, as well as […]

Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Canada’s second National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security was released on November 1, 2017 at an event in Ottawa that included an address by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and the participation of Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Minister for International Development Marie-Claude Bibeau. As well, a […]

Canada’s embarrassment at UN peacekeeping conference in Vancouver

Canada failed to deliver on its long overdue commitment to provide up to 600 military and 150 police personnel  for UN peace operations, a pledge it made over a year ago at the 2016 Ministerial conference on peacekeeping. At the Vancouver Ministerial Meeting on Peace Operations earlier this month, Prime Minister Trudeau, accompanied by Defence Minister […]

For #GivingTuesday, Support World Federalism

#GivingTuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is a movement for giving and volunteering, where charities and individuals join together to share commitments and rally for their favourite causes. Support the World Federalist Movement-Canada this #GivingTuesday and contribute to building a better world. Those who donate for #GivingTuesday (and members) will have access to a […]

The United Nations and Canada: What Canada has done and should be doing for UN peace operations

Ahead of the Ministerial Meeting on United Nations Peacekeeping taking place November 14-15 in Vancouver, WFMC has published the latest edition in its United Nations and Canada series. The United Nations and Canada: What Canada has done and should be doing for UN peace operations  is a volume of 10 op-ed length essays by leading […]

Worth a listen

The CBC Massey Lectures this year feature Prof. Payam Akhavan, on the topic “In search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey.”  Akhavan is a strong advocate for the International Criminal Court and provided a strong statement last year when WFM – Canada honoured Senator Murray Sinclair at the Peace Award event in Montreal during […]

Will Canada avoid embarrassment at international peacekeeping meeting?

Canada will host the 2017 Defence Ministerial Meeting on Peacekeeping, which takes place this November 14 & 15 in Vancouver. Over 500 delegates from 70 countries are expected to attend. Media interest in the meeting has been growing, in part because Canada’s August 2016 pledge to deploy up to 600 military and 150 police peacekeepers […]

Canadian steps to help the Rohingya

In September, our TakeAction email suggested writing to Minister Freeland and asking her to make specific commitments to help the Rohingya.  As a significant contributor of international assistance, Canada does have influence with the government in Myanmar. Canada has also recently joined a “Group of Friends of the Responsibility to Protect” which meets at the UN […]

Important meeting for the ICC

WFM – Canada and Global Affairs Canada (Legal Affairs Division) have co-organized a meeting November 1 among Canadian civil society representatives and government officials ahead of the December 4-14 meeting of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) of the International Criminal Court. The ASP is the annual governance body for the 124 parties to the […]

Women, peace and security updates

On Tuesday, October 17th, the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada (WPSN-C) co-hosted an event on Parliament Hill: Canada & the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: An Opportunity for Global Leadership. The parliamentarians who co-hosted with WPSN-C were Senator Marilou McPhedran, Senator Grant Mitchell, Senator Mobina Jaffer, and Members of Parliament Karen McCrimmon, Anita Vandenbeld, Hélène Laverdière, and […]

Canada’s flawed Arms Trade Treaty implementing legislation

C-47—An Act to amend the Export and Import Permits Act and the Criminal Code (amendments permitting Canada’s accession to the Arms Trade Treaty and other amendments) came in for heavy criticism from a coalition of civil society organizations, including WFM – Canada. A joint statement indicated “While in principle we welcome Canada’s membership in this […]

2017 CBC Massey Lectures: In Search of a Better World

This year’s CBC Massey Lectures feature Payam Akhavan on the topic In Search of a Better World: A Human Rights Odyssey, a survey of human rights struggles and how they have personally affected Akhavan. The final lecture, The Spirit of Human Rights, will take place in Toronto on Wednesday, October 4th. The lectures are published in book form and […]

Support for the Responsibility to Protect

On September 6, the UN General Assembly held a successful “Informal Interactive Dialogue” on the Responsibility to Protect (R2P). A record number of states spoke at the Interactive Dialogue, addressing the UN Secretary-General’s ninth annual report on R2P, entitled “Implementing the Responsibility to Protect: Accountability for Prevention.” Participants at the dialogue underscored the importance of strengthening practical […]

Banning nuclear weapons

On July 7, 2017 122 states at the United Nations concluded a Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. Following successful international conferences in 2015 and 2016 on the humanitarian impacts of any use of nuclear weapons, the treaty creates a legal prohibition on the use, threat of use, development, testing, production, manufacturing and possession […]

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