Mondial December 2016

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Mondial Updates (December 2016)

pdf available Nuclear weapons at the ICJ In April 2014 the Republic of the Marshall Islands filed an application with the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against each of the nine nuclear weapons possessing states for failing to disarm their respective nuclear arsenals. Article VI of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) sets out an obligation […]

ICC Update (December 2016)

pdf available Over the length of its existence, there have been twenty-three cases in nine situations brought before the International Criminal Court. Preliminary examinations are currently being conducted into situations in Afghanistan, Burundi, Colombia, Gabon, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, Ukraine, and Registered Vessels of Comoros, Greece, and Cambodia. Uganda In the case of the Prosecutor […]

Branch News (December 2016)

pdf available Montreal The Marie-Berthe Dion Issues Action Group of the Montreal Branch meets monthly for brief discussions on a current issue, followed by writing letters, usually to government officials. The September meeting considered two issues: the need for Canada to amend its legislation on cluster munitions and showing support for Canada to vote in […]

World Social Forum and WFMC Annual Meeting of Members

pdf available The 2016 World Social Forum (WSF) took place August 9th to 14th in Montreal. More than 35 000 activists from around the world attended and around 1500 workshops were organized, along with other activities and events. WFMC participated in the WSF by hosting several workshops: on ways to develop and reform global governance; […]

The Globalization of Anti-Globalization

pdf available Back in April 1999, I, on behalf of WFM-Canada, presented a brief to the Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee concerning the global governance of international trade. Looking back now, almost twenty years later, I am struck by how our analysis has held up and what the implications of the lack of such global governance […]

Charting the UN’s Future

pdf available Government of Stephen Harper either denigrated or ignored the United Nations. The Liberals under Justin Trudeau have said they would regain Canada’s place at the UN. This raises two questions: what is the current status of the UN and what should be Canada’s policies toward it? The UN is no longer the object […]

Canada Shuns UN Nuclear Disarmament Initiative

pdf available On October 27, the UN General Assembly’s First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) passed a historic resolution, mandating the launch in 2017 of negotiations for a legally binding instrument prohibiting nuclear weapons. Canada’s vote against this resolution puts this country on the wrong side of history. The genesis for this initiative arose from […]

No New Nukes

pdf available Welcome to the next nuclear arms race. Not all that long ago, there was some hope that the New START strategic weapons treaty of 2010 might be followed up with more reductions. Just in case one still harboured such hopes, they came crashing down when Vladimir Putin snubbed Barack Obama’s Nuclear Security Summit […]

Canada and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: What Now?

pdf available In the Spring of 2016, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development began a study of Canada’s role in supporting the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolutions on women, peace and security. Canada’s first national action plan on women, peace and security (C-NAP) expired on March […]

António Guterres: The Next UN Secretary-General

pdf available Over the last couple of years, the 1 for 7 Billion campaign, with the support of organizations and individuals from all over the globe, has led the movement towards a more transparent, inclusive process for selecting the next Secretary-General of the United Nations. As the campaign’s website says, “An open and inclusive selection […]

Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly

pdf available In Canada and internationally, the campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) continues to make steady progress. In Canada, the number of parliamentarians in the current parliament who support the UNPA now stands at 45. This fall the WFMC national office sent MPs and Senators personalized letters inviting their endorsement of the […]

Sustainable Common Security

pdf available Disintegration is spreading. Overlapping crises are accelerating. In many parts of the world people feel deep insecurity. In the search for solutions, idealism may be considered naïve, but it’s now as critical as cooperation. And, we desperately need hope, along with a guide to addressing urgent global challenges. Sustainable common security might help […]

Canada’s return to UN Peace Operations

pdf available In his election eve victory speech, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared something that stoked the imagination of idealists everywhere: “Canada is back.” The old Canada, that impartial friend of the peace-loving population, was declared ready to help those in need around the world. But where is Canada? It has not yet deployed […]