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TakeAction for December 2020: Building a healthy environment

Calls for the right to a healthy environment International recognition of the right to a healthy environment is the subject of a number of different calls for endorsement aimed at various groups. This fundamental right is one of the pillars of the preliminary draft of the Global Pact for the Environment. The Global Pact for the […]

Better Climate Governance: Improving the effectiveness of climate change negotiations

WFMC is a partner in the Better Climate Governance project, which seeks to improve the effectiveness of negotiations in addressing climate change and fulfilling the goals of the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  Countries need to increase their ambitions in line with the Paris Agreement.  This can be aided by a conducive framework of formal […]

WFMC President Dr Walter Dorn at the Senate foreign affairs committee

On December 16th, WFMC President Dr Walter Dorn appeared before the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade to speak on the topic of Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act.While the transcription of Dr Dorn’s testimony is not yet available, a video recording is available (beginning at 10:57).

Next steps as 2020, the 75th anniversary year of the United Nations, comes to an end . . . .

With the end of 2020, it is time to announce a new name for the campaign. Beginning in the new year, the UN2020 Campaign will become the Coalition for the UN We Need.On December 16th, more than thirty partner organizations and networks came together for an initial look at the outcome of the strategic planning process […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Branch news

pdf available Montreal branch The WFMC Montreal Annual General Meeting has been postponed to the autumn, but vibrant monthly cafe discussions have continued via Zoom. Issues that have been discussed include controlling disease, providing housing, food and clean water, freedom of the press, and multi-level political representation. We welcomed Monique Cuillerier from the National Office […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Update on Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

pdf available by Monique Cuillerier 2020 is the twentieth anniversary of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, the first Security Council resolution to specifically address women, peace and security. It is also the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform of Action (on women’s rights and gender equality). However, challenges in the implementation of […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Yikes! – Trump’s Middle-East “Peace Plan”

pdf available by Bill Pearce  On 28 January, US President Trump held a press conference at the White House to announce his plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The plan, officially titled “Peace to Prosperity: A Vision to Improve the Lives of the Palestinian and Israeli People,” calls for the incorporation of existing Israeli settlements […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Norman Dyson

pdf available Norman Dyson, Honorary President of the Toronto branch of WFMC, died on May 30th, 2020, at the age of eighty-eight. Dyson graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1958 and was a practising lawyer until 1995 when was appointed to the Superior Court of Justice, where he served until 2007. An enthusiastic athlete, […]

ICC Update

pdf available The International Criminal Court is currently engaged in eight preliminary examinations, and has thirteen situations under investigation. Preliminary examinations are currently being conducted in Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Venezuela. Afghanistan In March 2020, the Prosecutor was authorized to begin an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity and war […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Book Review

pdf available Existing Legal Limits to Security Council Veto Power in the Face of Atrocity Crimes By Jennifer Trahan, Clinical Professor of Law, New York University Cambridge University Press, August 2020 Review by Fergus Watt It is often assumed by casual observers of the United Nations that the power to veto resolutions on the maintenance […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Book notice

pdf available Albert Einstein from Pacifism to the Idea of World Government  Lucio Levi, editor (Federalism Volume 12; Centro Studi sul Federalismo) Peter Lang, Brussels, 2020 “Albert Einstein from Pacifism to the Idea of World Government” is a collection of articles that explores the development of Albert Einstein’s thoughts on such overlapping topics as the […]

Mondial Summer 2020: U.S. attacks on ICC require a Canadian response

pdf available By Fergus Watt Only time will tell what will come of the recent escalation of hostilities between the U.S. government and the International Criminal Court (ICC).  A June 11 Executive Order authorized by President Trump enables U.S. officials to take action against individuals (and their property in the U.S.) who carry out work […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Surviving Dystopia: World Federalism Eclipsed

pdf available Myron J. Frankman    . . . what lies between us and extinction is horrifying enough, and we have not yet begun to contemplate what it means to live under those conditions . . . David Wallace-Wells, The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming (2019), p 34  A characteristic of the advancing Anthropocene is […]

Mondial Summer 2020: Canada’s support for UN peace operations falls far short of government commitments

pdf available The Canada and UN Peacekeeping 2020 update, released each year on August 9 by WFMC, demonstrates that the number of Canadian peacekeepers has reached historically low levels. Canadian contributions of military and police personnel are at historic lows, with only 34 individuals (24 military and 10 police) deployed to UN operations as of […]

Mondial Summer 2020: The UN at 75: The world planned a party. . . . Then the coronavirus showed up.

pdf available Fergus Watt, UN2020 Campaign Coordinator & Jeffery Huffines, UN2020 Senior Advisor Since 2017 the UN2020 Campaign has provided a platform for a diverse constellation of civil society organizations (CSOs) calling for the UN’s 75th anniversary to provide not only an occasion for celebrating past achievements, but also an opportunity to take stock of the […]

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