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TakeAction: Building Peackeeeping

May 29 is the International Day of UN Peacekeepers: Is Canada “back” or not? As we mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers on May 29th, World Federalists continue to campaign for Canada to do more for UN Peacekeeping. Recently, WFMC President Walter Dorn gave testimony to a House of Commons committee studying peacekeeping. While WFMC welcomes the announcement […]

Renewing the United Nations

In a previous newsletter, the publication of WFMC Board Chair John Trent’s book, “A United Nations Renaissance: What the UN is and what it could be,” co-authored with Laura Schnurr was mentioned. The book not only describes the United Nations’ structure, but also sets out a number of practical suggestions describing ways the UN can be progressively […]

Thinking Globally

“How to Save the World in a Hurry” is the title of a conference taking place May 30-31 in Toronto. WFM – Canada is among a group of co-sponsors for the event, which is led by Science for Peace. The forum examines a number of global threats to human security (famine, climate change, war and weapons, pandemics, […]

Report from Bob Rae: “Tell them we’re human” What Canada and the world can do about the Rohingya crisis

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 which includes seventeen recommendations. Unfortunately, it is unclear how effective or useful some of these recommendations, which include […]

“Sustaining Peace” at the UN

WFM – Canada Executive Director Fergus Watt joined a panel of experts at an event April 24 at the United Nations. The side event on “Global Platforms for Preventing Violent Conflict and Sustaining Peace on the Road to 2020” took place during the April 24-25 UN General Assembly “High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace.” “Sustaining Peace” is […]

House of Commons Study on Peacekeeping

The House of Commons Standing Committee on National Defence is currently conducting a study on Canada’s Contributions to International Peacekeeping. WFMC president, Walter Dorn, made a presentation to the committee today, April 26th. The brief that Dorn submitted to support his presentation is available: in English: Back in the Game: Recommended Canadian Contributions to UN Peace Operations  […]

It is spring and that means it is time to renew your WFMC membership

When you join the World Federalist Movement – Canada, you are supporting the development of democratic institutions to assure a peaceful, just and ecologically sustainable world. As a member you: Join a network of like-minded people that are also working towards a more equitable, just and peaceful world Have access to exclusive content including print […]

Montreal Branch hosts Canadian UN Ambassador Michael Grant

In conjunction with the Concordia University International Relations Society, the Montreal Branch of WFMC is hosting an event on Tuesday, April 3rd with Michael Grant, Canadian Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative at the United Nations. Date:               Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Time:               7pm Location:         Concordia University. John Molson School of Business, 1250 Guy. Conference rm 9B Further details can be […]

World Federalist scholarship and mentorship opportunity

WFM, partnering with the Workable World Trust and the Istituto Spinelli, is offering full financial support to emerging federalists for participation at the 35th Ventotene International Seminar, taking place September 2nd-7th, 2018. Ventotene is a unique spot that plays a significant part in the history of the transnational federalist movement. The seminar gathers young activists, […]

UN HRC Expert calls for Parliamentary Assembly

The UN Human Rights Council’s Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, presented his seventh and final report at the HRC’s 37th session taking place this month in Geneva. The report surveys highlights from his previous reports to the Council and UN General Assembly. Among the many issues he […]

Canada’s (belated) peacekeeping announcement

On Monday, March 19th, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced a second “smart pledge” on peacekeeping: “a commitment to deploy an Aviation Task Force to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for a period of 12 months.” The World Federalist Movement – Canada welcomes this […]

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Remembering Nita Dunn

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 causes she […]

Statement regarding the peacekeeping announcement from the government of Canada

On Monday, March 19th, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced a second “smart pledge” on peacekeeping: “a commitment to deploy an Aviation Task Force to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) for a period of 12 months.” The World Federalist Movement – Canada welcomes this […]

The ICC Turns 20

This year is the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. Commemorations of the anniversary began earlier this month with an Open Forum held in The Hague, The Netherlands.The event was attended by over 280 people, including members of civil society, ICC officials, and representatives of states and regional […]

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