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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 […]

Current events at the International Criminal Court

Last week, an agreement was signed between the International Criminal Court and the government of Georgia to assist in the Court’s ongoing investigation into war crimes and crimes against humanity allegedly committed in South Ossetia, Georgia in 2008. While in Georgia for the signing, the registrar of the ICC, Herman von Hebel, also met with members of […]

Canada and Peacekeeping — a diplomatic train wreck ahead?

On August 9 (National Peacekeepers’ Day) WFM – Canada will release the 2017 version of its fact sheet on Canada and UN peacekeeping. WFMC has published these annual updates for the last ten years, a time when Canada’s contributions to UN peace operations have been lamentably low. Promoting Canada’s return to peacekeeping was a difficult […]

Lloyd Axworthy meets Secretary-General Guterres (June 2017)

pdf available In January, WFM International President Lloyd Axworthy, along with three other former Foreign Ministers, met with UN Secretary-General António Guterres. The following is his description of the meeting. “On Friday I met with the New UN Secretary-General António Guterres in the company of Madeleine Albright and other colleagues from the Aspen Ministerial Group, […]

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 […]

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