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TakeAction: Canada’s commitment to UN peacekeeping

In an article in the December 2016 edition of Mondial, WFMC President Walter Dorn and Board member Sylvain Paquet discuss the delays that have plagued the government of Canada’s return to United Nations peacekeeping. “Where is Canada?” they ask. “It has not yet deployed new forces in UN-mandated peace operations … Even now, more than […]

Canada and the International Criminal Court

As member states of the International Criminal Court prepare to gather later this month (Nov 16 – 24) in The Hague, the news that three among them — all from Africa — have declared their plans to leave the court will cast a long shadow over events. Following an earlier announcement that Burundi’s parliament had […]

Has your MP endorsed the Appeal for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly?

Globalization, information technologies and the need for improvements to global governance across a range of issues have made the system of international organizations based on sovereign nation-states outdated. How can we address the global democratic deficit? Wide cross-sections of the public do not feel sufficiently represented by their government in international institutions and negotiation processes. […]

Canada’s adoption and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

On August 11th, the WFMC 2016 World Peace Award was presented to Senator Murray Sinclair, former chairperson of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada as part of a program titled “From Global to Local: The Importance of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to Reconciliation in Canada.” The award presentation, […]

Canada’s support for UN peace operations: Still Missing in Action

Canada’s rank among contributors to UN peace operations remains low. As of June 30, 2016, Canada is 67th with only 31 military personnel and 75 police officers in the field. National Peacekeepers’ Day is a chance to take stock of Canada’s actions over the previous year and to consider how Canada can make a more […]

TakeAction: 17 July, International Justice Day

The Day of International Criminal Justice marks the anniversary of the adoption on 17 July 1998 of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court, which seeks to deter people from genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. 17 July unites all those who wish to support justice, promote victims’ rights, and […]

Defence and Aid Policy Reviews

Amongst the various consultations and policy reviews that the federal government is currently undertaking, are a defence policy review and an international assistance review. Defence Policy Review The defence policy review is another avenue through which input on peacekeeping can be submitted. The provided background materials frame discussion about peacekeeping not as an enduring commitment, […]

Canada needs to do more to support UN Peacekeeping

The new Liberal government has indicated that Canada intends to dedicate more resources and personnel to United Nations Peacekeeping. But will they? So far, Canada’s interest in UN peace operations has been demonstrated more by words than deeds. WFMC Executive Director Fergus Watt recently wrote an opinion piece on CCIC’s Development Unplugged blog on Huffington […]

Canada needs to do more to support UN Peacekeeping

The new Liberal government has indicated that Canada intends to dedicate more resources and personnel to United Nations Peacekeeping. But will they? So far, Canada’s interest in UN peace operations has been demonstrated more by words than deeds. Statements by the Prime Minister, at the UN and during Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s recent visit to Canada, […]

The Defence Policy Review: Strengthen Canada’s commitment to UN Peace Operations

The Liberal government announced on April 6 that it is launching public consultations to inform the drafting of its new defence policy. There has not been a comprehensive defence review in Canada since the 1994 Defence White Paper, over 20 years ago. Whether the current arrangements measure up to the Liberal campaign promise to conduct […]

Has your MP endorsed the Appeal for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly?

  WFMC participates actively in the Campaign for the Establishment of a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations (UNPA). Globalization, information technologies and the need for improvements to global governance across a range of issues have made the system of international organizations based on sovereign nation-states outdated. How can we address the global democratic deficit? […]

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