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TakeAction for January 2020: Building global governance (and the United Nations!)

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations. UN2020 strategy meeting, New York, November 2019 The UN2020 Initiative is a civil society partnership 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 […]

The Other Threat to Our Species

pdf available by Bill Pearce While we are reminded daily of the challenges humanity faces coming to terms with global warming, we seem to have lost sight of the other existential crisis our planet is facing — the risk of nuclear conflagration. At a minimum, steps must be taken to reduce nuclear risks to a […]

Canada and UN Peacekeeping Update

pdf available In both the Liberal platform during the recent federal election and in the more recent speech from the throne, the current government committed rather vaguely to “renew Canada’s commitment” to United Nations peacekeeping.  As it currently stands, with the end of Canada’s all-too-brief deployment to the peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA), Canada has […]

UN2020: Get Involved Now!

pdf available by Nancy Dunlavy An update on UN2020 and the United Nations’ UN75 campaign appears on page 12 of this Mondial issue.  So … how can individuals, WFMC branches, or globally-engaged organizations and communities participate? I offer some ideas in this article:  Be informed! Take a look at the wealth of information available: UN2020 […]

Branch News

pdf available Ottawa  A small group is working to reconstitute the Ottawa branch. If you are interested in helping to plan or participate in occasional meetings, please contact the National Office at monique@worldfederalistscanada.org to be kept up to date.  Victoria  The branch hosted talks by different branch members monthly in September, October, and November.  In […]

Women, peace and security update: Appointment of an Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security

pdf available by Monique Cuillerier In June 2019, the federal government appointed Jacqueline O’Neill as Canada’s first Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security.  Liberal Member of Parliament Borys Wrzesnewskyj had introduced a private members’ motion calling on the government to appoint such an ambassador in 2018 and held initial consultations across the country on the […]

After the Canadian Federal Election: What next for foreign policy?

pdf available by Monique Cuillerier Now that the Canadian federal election is over and a minority Liberal government is in place, what can we expect to happen next in Canadian foreign policy? To begin with, there are new ministers. François-Philippe Champagne is now the Minister of Foreign Affairs, while Karina Gould becomes Minister of International […]

70th Anniversary of the Geneva Conventions

pdf available by René Wadlow August 12, 2019 marked the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Conventions. The 1949 Geneva Conventions, and the 1977 Protocols Additional are central instruments of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). Today, many WFM program priorities are dedicated to building on and strengthening IHL, with the intention that the rule of […]

The search for world citizens’ representation at a global level: the Model United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

pdf available by Emilia Ismael and Clara Subirachs During the month of August 2019, an Argentinian NGO, Democracia Global, carried out a Model Parliamentary Assembly of the United Nations, the first in Latin America and one of the first globally. The Model, aimed at university students in Buenos Aires, sought to simulate the functioning of […]

Accountability and justice for the Rohingya

pdf available by Kate MacSweeney On 11 November 2019, the Gambia formally submitted its case at the International Court of Justice 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 Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic minority group from Rakhine […]

UN2020 Update (December 2019)

pdf available by Fergus Watt 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. Across a range of sectors, from human rights to peace, sustainable development, climate change, gender equality, migration and humanitarian issues, there is a […]

Update on the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly and the World Citizens’ Initiative

pdf available In early November, Andreas Bummel, Executive Director, Democracy Without Borders, held a meeting in New York for governments and civil society organizations to discuss the UNPA and the World Citizens’ Initiative (WCI). The Canadian mission hosted and ten governments were represented. UN75 was also discussed as the 75th anniversary of the United Nations […]

World Federalist Reading

pdf available The Crime of Aggression: The Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents, and Autocrats  Noah Weisbord Princeton University Press, 2019 Released earlier this year, Noah Weisbord’s well-written new book, The Crime of Aggression: The Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents, and Autocrats, offers an up close […]

Prioritizing Prevention on the Ground and Internationally with the RtoP

pdf available by  Marijke  Kremin The Annual Secretary-General’s report on the Responsibility to Protect, entitled “Lessons Learned for Prevention,” set the stage for the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect’s (ICRtoP) advocacy and programming work over the recent months. Taking note of Member States’ interventions during the UN General Assembly’s Debate on the Responsibility […]

Ventotene International Seminar: 36th edition

pdf available by Eric Rosenzweig This September, I had the pleasure of being one of WFM’s five scholars chosen to attend this year’s Ventotene International Seminar, a conference on European Federalism and World Federalism run by the Istituto di Studi Federalisti Altiero Spinelli and the Young European Federalists (JEF). As most of the other 25 […]

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