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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 […]

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers, May 29th

As we mark the International Day of UN Peacekeepers next week on May 29th with a press release, World Federalists continue to campaign for Canada to do more for UN Peacekeeping. While WFMC welcomes the announcement made in March by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and National Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan of “a commitment to deploy an Aviation […]

Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA), in Canada and internationally

Recently, with the help of a group of dedicated volunteers, WFMC has renewed its efforts to gain endorsements from Canadian Members of Parliament and Senators of the UNPA appeal. The number of Canadian parliamentarian endorsers currently stands at 50. If you would like to volunteer to contact parliamentarians and ask them to endorse the appeal, please email […]

UN2020: Preparing the UN2020 Summit

The year 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. This provides a much-needed opportunity for system-wide stocktaking, strengthening and renewal. The pillars of the UN and of the Charter – Peace, Human Rights and Sustainable Development – must be strengthened. The UN2020 Initiative calls for government leaders and civil society to come together for […]

WFMC News for May 2018

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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  […]

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