World Federalism 101

What is the World Federalist Movement?

The World Federalist Movement – Canada (WFMC) is a not-for-profit research, education, and advocacy organization dedicated to achieving more just and effective global governance through the application of the principles of democratic federalism to world affairs.

Somali Refugees in Malkadiida Refugee Camp Ethiopia.

Somali Refugees are seen in Malkadiida Refugee Camp, Ethiopia. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Our world faces many challenges, including climate change, mass migrations, pandemics, pollution, financial crises, failed states, the wealth-poverty gap, etc. There is an urgent need for the world’s people and governments to join in achieving a new level of global cooperation, one that can only be sustained by a commitment to the planet as a genuine community. These are large goals, that will be achieved over many years. Each step makes another step possible.

 

What We Do: Building a world community

World Federalists are committed to a world that is more just, equitable, peaceful, and democratic, through reformed institutions of global governance.

 

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International Criminal Court / photo from ICC

Building international justice

WFMC has been a consistent advocate for the International Criminal Court and is a member of the civil society-based Coalition for the International Criminal Court.

Building democracy

WFMC is a leading advocate for a more democratized global order, through the creation of a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA): a formal body at the UN composed of citizen representatives.

Building peacekeeping

WFMC publishes an annual Canada and UN Peacekeeping fact sheet, providing media and the public information on why Canada should once again be a leader in UN peacekeeping. WFMC also advocates for a UN Emergency Peace Service, which would provide the UN with a permanent, standing rapid reaction peacekeeping capability.

 

Our Movement

WFMC is the Canadian member organization of the international World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP), co-located in The Hague and New York, near the United Nations. WFMC also works closed with the World Federalist Foundation, a registered Canadian charitable organization. World federalism brings together citizens from a variety of backgrounds and political persuasions. In Canada, recent national presidents have included:

  • Former Saskatchewan Premier, Hon. Allan Blakeney (1992-1996)
  • The Very Rev. Senator Lois M. Wilson (1997-2001)
  • Hon. Flora MacDonald (2002-2006)
  • Hon. Warren Allmand (2006-2016)
  • Walter Dorn, Professor of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College & the Royal Military College of Canada (2016- )