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Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

Ben Ferencz, a prosecutor at the Nuremberg trials, longtime proponent and supporter of the International Criminal Court, and co-author with Ken Keyes, Jr of the book PlanetHood: The Key to Your Future turned 100 earlier this month. A recent documentary, Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz, is described as “a fascinating portrait of Ben Ferencz, […]

War and Peace in Cyberspace talk postponed

The annual Eric Fawcett Memorial Forum, planned for April 2nd in Toronto, has been postponed. This year’s topic was to be War and Peace in Cyberspace. The internet has created dramatic growth and development, but cybercrime and cyberwar are also realities. What can the United Nations do to lessen cyber-attacks?  Is peacekeeping in cyberspace possible, as it […]

Update on this month’s TakeAction on Canada and the International Criminal Court investigation in Afghanistan

Earlier this month, our TakeAction email discussed the ongoing investigation into the situation in Afghanistan by the International Criminal Court and it’s relationship to Canada. In response to the virulent reaction to the Court’s investigation by the US, the president of the Assembly of States Parties to the ICC, O-Gon Kwon, released a brief but strong statement that said, […]

UN2020 Campaign Update

The UN2020 Campaign works in partnership with civil society, governments and the UN to generate support for using the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 as an opportunity to take stock and strengthen the UN system.  Like many organizations, businesses and households responding to the new coronavirus, the Campaign has moved even more of its […]

Have you renewed your membership in WFMC yet?

It is early spring and that means that it is time to renew your membership in the World Federalist Movement – Canada. Thank you so much to everyone who has already done so. As a member you are supporting the development of more democratic global institutions to assure a peaceful, just and ecologically sustainable world. […]

TakeAction for March 2020: Canada and the ICC investigation in Afghanistan

At the beginning of March, the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court unanimously authorized the Prosecutor to begin an investigation into the situation in AfghanistanThe investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity is related to the armed conflict within Afghanistan since May 2003, as well as crimes that, though related to that conflict, […]

TakeAction: United States removes restrictions on landmine use: What should Canada do?

At the end of January, US President Donald Trump reversed the Obama-era ban on the use of landmines (other than in the defence of South Korea). The brief statement from the White House says, ” The Department of Defense has determined that restrictions imposed on American forces by the Obama Administration’s policy could place them at a severe disadvantage during […]

What is UNDRIP?

In the midst of the current Wet’suwet’en protests and rail blockades, there has been discussion in the media, and on social media, of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). Unfortunately, there have also been misunderstandings about what UNDRIP is. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by […]

Carol Greene honoured

Carol Greene is the recipient of the 2020 WFM – Canada Hanna Newcombe Award. Carol was honoured at the Post-holiday luncheon, held February 9 at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.   The Hanna Newcombe Award recognizes an individual’s service and contribution to the cause of world federalism over a lifetime.  Guest speaker at the […]

PyeongChang Peace Forum

On 9-11 February, more than 1000 participants from 40 countries gathered in South Korea for the PyeongChang Peace Forum (PPF).  This meeting followed the inaugural PyeongChang Global Peace Forum in 2019 that commemorated the first anniversary of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics. This year’s Forum memorialized the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of […]

International Criminal Court Updates (February 2020)

AfghanistanOn March 5th, the ICC’s Appeals Chamber will deliver the judgment in the appeal of the Prosecutor against a Pre-Trial Chamber’s unanimous rejection of the Prosecutor’s request to proceed with an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity and war crimes committed in Afghanistan since 2003. The hearing will be livestreamed on the ICC website, where further details about the preliminary examination into […]

Canada should reaffirm support for Landmines Treaty

The U.S. Trump administration’s determined efforts to erode support for international institutions and the rule of law has been widely reported. Earlier this month the President cancelled the Obama Administration’s policy to prohibit United States military forces from employing anti-personnel landmines outside the Korean peninsula.  World Federalists are calling on Canada to publicly reaffirm its […]

Watch John Daniele and Fergus Watt on World Federalism

Earlier this month, peace researcher Metta Spencer spoke with WFMC Executive Director Fergus Watt and John Daniele, president of WFMC’s Toronto Branch, as part of her weekly panel series Talk about Saving the World. The discussion covered world federalism in general, as well as global governance, the Campaign for a UN Parliamentary Assembly, and cyber peacekeeping.The video is available […]

WFMC News for January 2020: International Court of Justice ruling on the Rohingya crisis

On Thursday, January 23rd, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) issued their ruling on the case submitted to them in November by the Gambia against the government of Myanmar for failing in its obligation to prevent and punish the perpetration of the crime of genocide against the Rohingya people.The ICJ unanimously ordered Myanmar to “take all measures […]

WFMC News for January 2020: UN2020 campaign update

The UN2020 campaign is dedicated to using the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 as an opportunity to take stock and strengthen the UN system in partnership with civil society, governments, and the UN in support of a people-centered multilateralism. The next UN2020 Global Update conference call is scheduled for Friday January 31 […]

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