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Upcoming webinar: Canada’s Human Rights Commitments

On Human Rights Day, December 10, 2018 at 12pm, WFMC will host a webinar on Canada’s Human Rights Commitments. This webinar will explore the commitments that Canada has made through international treaties and other instruments and the current global human rights situation. There will be a discussion with experts in the field as well as […]

Progress report on the National Action Plan on women, peace and security

Almost a year ago, the Government of Canada launched Canada’s second National Action Plan on women, peace and security (CNAP), which covers 2017-2022. The first progress report, which covers the period from November 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, was tabled in the House of Commons at the end of September. The progress report summarizes […]

Upcoming online events: #GivingTuesday and our next webinar

#GivingTuesday is on November 27 this year. GivingTuesday is a global movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Black Friday. You’ll hear more from us about our campaign in the coming weeks. Campaigns like #GivingTuesday help us produce our webinar series (details below), our twice-yearly publication Mondial and the other ways in which World […]

WFMC organizes ICC meeting

WFM – Canada has partnered with officials at Global Affairs Canada to organize a meeting among Canadian civil society representatives and members of the Canadian delegation to the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the International Criminal Court (17th session, December 5 to 12, The Hague). There will be some highly charged discussions again at this […]

Inaugural lecture in the Warren Allmand Lecture Series

On October 18th, the inaugural lecture in the Warren Allmand Lecture Series was held in Montreal, with more than 250 people attending. The first lecture was given by John Ralston Saul on the topic “The Fight for Freedom of Expression Around the World: A Personal Account.” Ralston Saul is President Emeritus of PEN International and […]

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 […]

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 […]

WPSN-C Joins Global Research on Sustaining Peace

In April, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) based in New York contacted the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada (WPSN-C) for support in coordinating the Canadian component of a research project on civil society perceptions of the meaning of sustaining peace for local populations. The research is part of a broader project […]

Update from the Campaign for a UNPA

In a very positive step forward in the campaign, this month the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs adopted the following language in their Draft European Parliament Recommendation to the Council on the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly: “to advocate the establishment of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) within the UN system in […]

Congratulations to Senator Donna Dasko

In early June, WFMC Board member Donna Dasko was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, representing Ontario. She is affiliated with the Independent Senators Group. Dasko was a senior vice-president of the polling firm Environics and is a fellow at the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy and Governance. She has broad experience that has […]

Canada and peacekeeping

At the end of May, Canada had only 40 UN peacekeepers deployed, putting Canada in 81st place amongst troop-contributing countries. A month later, the first Canadian peacekeepers of Canada’s upcoming deployment in Mali have arrived in the country.  By August 2nd, 250 troops, two Chinook helicopters and four armed Griffon helicopters will be in place. Important questions […]

Canada’s newly released Strategy to Respond to the Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar and Bangladesh

At the beginning of April, Bob Rae, in his role as Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, released his report, “Tell them we’re human” What Canada and the world can do about the Rohingya crisis, on the situation of the Rohingya. This week, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland released the government’s response, which is being referred to as “Canada’s Strategy […]