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Recent peacekeeping developments of interest

On June 19, CBC published an exclusive report titled “Internal documents detail UN peacekeeping requests for Mali, other hotspots: Canada has been offered a number of marquee command roles for UN missions, but declined most of them.” The article begins, “The United Nations has presented Canada with a long list of peacekeeping requests that not only […]

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

The progress report covering the year ending in March 2016, of the now-expired National Action Plan, was released earlier in June. Although there were hopes that the new National Action Plan would be tabled in the House of Commons before the summer recess, this has not happened.

Canada’s international policies

Several important announcements regarding Government of Canada international policies rolled out in quick succession earlier this month. On June 6 Foreign Minister Freeland set out Canada’s foreign policy priorities in a speech in Parliament. Coming soon after U.S. President Trump withdrew support for the Paris Climate Change treaty, Freeland’s address included strong language on Canada’s commitment […]

Toronto – Meetings and more meetings

The Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences took place from May 27 to June 2 in Toronto. On June 1, WFMC Toronto Branch President Helmut Burkhardt led a workshop entitled “Desirability and Feasibility of a World Federation,” at the annual meeting of the Canadian Peace Research Association. Later that week, 45 people attended a reception […]

CCIC’s (non-)Progress Report

The Canadian Council for international Cooperation, a network of Canadian non-governmental organizations, has published a one-year progress report to the 2016 document on Moving Our Common Agenda Forward: International Development and Humanitarian Assistance Priorities for the new Government. The government of Canada was criticized for failing to increase Canada’s international assistance in the recent budget.

World Federalists active at academic conferences

On May 4 and 5, WFMC Board member Florencia Gor and Jacob Leon (international law student at Dalhousie University) will be introducing the Latin American and Caribbean Criminal Court Against Transnational Organized Crime (COPLA, after the Spanish “Corte Penal Latinoamericana y del Caribe Contra el Crimen Transnacional Organizado”) at the Transnational Criminal Law in the […]

Canada’s Peacekeping delays raise eyebrows at the UN

PassBlue, which reports from New York on a range of UN developments, noted in a recent article that the Canadian diplomatic mission at the UN cancelled an April 27 event that was to promote a major international conference on peacekeeping that Canada is scheduled to host this November in Vancouver. The article goes on to […]

Consultation on Women, Peace and Security

Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security expired at the end of March 2016. After a year full of other, but related consultations and reviews (international assistance, defence), Global Affairs Canada (GAC) provided funding for a consultation process with civil society that was co-ordinated by WFMC and co-hosted by the Women, Peace and […]

Reminder! Ventotene 2017: Opportunity for young federalists

The World Federalist Movement is supporting the participation of young volunteers and activists at the Ventotene International Seminar on Federalism, which takes place from 3-8 September 2017. Sponsored by the Altiero Spinelli Institute for Federalist Studies, the Seminar takes place on the small island of Ventotene in the Mediterranean. Altiero Spinelli, author of the federalist […]

Canada dithers on its peacekeeping pledges

In an opinion piece in the Ottawa Citizen, WFMC Executive Director Fergus Watt and WFMC Presicent Walter Dorn write: On the night of his federal election victory in October 2015, Justin Trudeau proudly declared that “Canada is back” on the international stage. A signature activity of his government was to “renew Canada’s commitment to United […]

Ventotene 2017: Opportunity for young federalists

The World Federalist Movement is supporting the participation of young volunteers and activists at the Ventotene International Seminar on Federalism, which takes place from 3-8 September 2017. Sponsored by the Altiero Spinelli Institute for Federalist Studies, the Seminar takes place on the small island of Ventotene in the Mediterranean. Altiero Spinelli, author of the federalist […]

Meeting Summary: Ottawa seminar focuses on Canada and the crime of aggression

On February 13 a one-day meeting in Ottawa was held to discuss “Canadian consideration of the Kampala amendments to the Rome Statute on the crime of aggression.” Later this year, States Parties to the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court will take a decision on the modalities for “activating” the Court’s jurisdiction over the […]

Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

14 World Federalists from across Canada have answered a call for help in a campaign to build support among Canadian parliamentarians for the establishment of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations. The international UNPA campaign relies especially on support from individual parliamentarians to build momentum and support for the In Canada’s last parliament 72 […]

Canadian Council for International Cooperation calls for federal government to increase development assistance in Budget 2017

WFMC supports the current Canadian Council for International Cooperation (CCIC) campaign to increase Canadian development aid. CCIC is asking supporters to engage in the following actions: Action 1: Follow CCIC on Twitter. Action 2: Retweet at least one of their Tweets daily Action 3: Promote the hashtags #WhyItMatters #CdnAid #Budget2017 Further information: Consult the BUDGET2017 […]

WFMC seminar focuses on Canada and the crime of aggression

Despite a large snowstorm, which affected travel in and out of Ottawa, WFMC hosted a successful seminar February 13 on the “Canadian consideration of the Kampala amendments to the Rome Statute on the crime of aggression.” Over 30 international legal experts, including officials from Canadian departments of Foreign Affairs, National Defence and Justice attended. As […]

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