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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 […]

Canada and UN Peacekeeping – on track for a diplomatic train wreck?

On November 14-15 in Vancouver Canada will host an international conference for Defence Ministers to discuss UN peacekeeping. Canada’s Department of National Defence expects upwards of 500 delegates from 70 countries to attend that pledging conference. In the summer of 2016 it was Canada’s promise of 600 military personnel, 150 police and $450 million over […]

Canada at the United Nations

A year after Justin Trudeau’s 2016 address at the United Nations General Assembly let member states and the world know that “Canada is back,” many were puzzled by his 2017 speech, which focused almost entirely on domestic issues.  Some found commendable and refreshing his frank admission of the challenges faced by indigenous peoples and reference […]

UN2020: Preparing the UN 2020 Summit

  The year 2020 will mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. It will also be the occasion for several multi-year reviews of major treaties and processes, and a time to take stock of the UN’s role in the world. Support is growing for using the occasion of the UN’s 75th anniversary and these high-level reviews as […]

Meet our new membership & outreach coordinator, Erika Richter

Erika is really excited to be joining the World Federalist Movement – Canada as the Membership and Outreach Coordinator.  She is bringing experience with movement building, advocacy, and fundraising to WFMC. Erika is really passionate about WFMC’s work, particularly the goal of building a more peaceful and just world, as she is currently studying Conflict […]

WFM-IGP crowdfunding campaign to Empower Women Seeking Justice and Peace

The World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) has the opportunity to raise awareness and support for women’s leadership in areas of conflict prevention and international justice. WFM-IGP has been selected by the GlobalGiving Foundation to participate in its competitive Accelerator, a crowdfunding opportunity for nonprofits around the world, through which WFM-IGP has […]

Ottawa Event: Getting to Nuclear Zero: Building Common Security for a Post-MAD World: Ottawa, September 22-23

The Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference 2017, with the topic “Getting to Nuclear Zero: Building Common Security for a Post-MAD World” will be held in Ottawa, September 22-23. The conference is held in cooperation with The Rideau Institute, the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Mines Action Canada, Physicians […]

Donald Trump leads on UN “reform”

PassBlue, which provides independent coverage of the United Nations, is reporting that U.S. President Donald Trump will convene a meeting September 18 where world leaders will endorse a political declaration on reform of the United Nations. A number of governments have already been consulted (including Canada, China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, […]

Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference 2017

The Group of 78 Annual Policy Conference 2017, with the topic “Getting to Nuclear Zero: Building Common Security for a Post-MAD World” will be held in Ottawa, September 22-23. The conference is held in cooperation with The Rideau Institute, the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, Canadian Voice of Women for Peace, Mines Action Canada, Physicians […]

More on peacekeeping

The Government of Canada has collected their information on the upcoming  2017 UN Peacekeeping Defence Ministerial conference in Vancouver here. On August 23, the midweek podcast from the House on CBC  was on the topic of  “Whatever happened to our peacekeeping mission?” with CBC reporter Murray Brewster. And until September 25, the full text of […]

National Peacekeeping Day and Canada’s delayed commitments

August 9 was National Peacekeepers Day in Canada and WFMC marked the occasion with a press release detailing Canada’s much delayed promises to increase its commitment to UN peacekeeping. As shown in our recently released 2017 Canada and UN Peacekeeping fact sheet, Canada now ranks 71st among contributors of military and police personnel to UN peacekeeping. According to WFMC […]

UNPA campaign update

On May 3 the United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) campaign convened a meeting in New York for government and civil society representatives to discuss the range of approaches to involving parliamentarians more directly in the work of the UN. Thirteen government representatives attended the meeting. Then, in June 2017, the European Parliament made recommendations to […]

Yemen: The current situation

The ongoing crisis in Yemen has resulted in a country facing famine, with almost two million children ‘acutely malnourished,’ and the widespread destruction of infrastructure, including water and sanitation facilities which have set the stage for a widespread cholera outbreak — 400 000 possible cases in the last three months. Much needs to be done […]

French update to WFMC web site

Although WFMC does not have the capacity to allow for a complete and regularly updated French version of our website, we do provide background information about the organization and an overview of our current programs and projects. The French pages on the web site, accessed by choosing “français” from the menu bar, include: About (À […]

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