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Towards the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action

pdf available by Monique Cuillerier The Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing in September 1995. At the conference, 189 governments agreed to the Beijing Platform for Action, a consensus document that addressed twelve critical areas to be addressed. These areas encompass poverty, education and training, health, violence against women, armed conflict, the […]

The women, peace and security agenda — and why it is important

pdf available by Monique Cuillerier The women, peace and security agenda has been developed through a series of United Nations Security Council Resolutions that began with Resolution 1325 (2000).  Broadly put, the WPS agenda incorporations promotion and support for women’s active and meaningful participation in conflict-prevention and -resolution mechanism, including peace negotiations; human rights of […]

TakeAction: Building international justice

July 17th, the World Day for International Justice, marks the 21st anniversary of the Rome Statute, the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has recently been faced with  a number of challenges, including threats from the United States government, questions surrounding some decisions, and the ongoing issue of the […]

Canada and peacekeeping update

pdf available As of the end of May 2019, there are 190 Canadian uniformed personnel currently deployed on United Nations peacekeeping missions. Currently, Canada’s largest single peacekeeping deployment is to MINUSMA, in Mali, with 165 personnel. This is scheduled to end July 31st, 2019. The Canadian defence department frequently states that the number deployed in […]

UN2020: Two steps forward …

Despite the polarization and stasis that characterizes so much of the present politics at the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres is betting that the 75th anniversary of the organization in 2020 will provide an opportunity for the international community to begin to address the “crisis in multilateralism,” and shape a more robust and effective organization.  On […]

Next issue of Mondial coming soon

The electronic version of the next issue of Mondial will be distributed very soon. You can sign up to receive the electronic version on the WFMC website.The paper version will be mailed at the same time.The latest issue include updates on the International Criminal Court, the Responsibility to Protect, COPLA, and the UN2020 Initiative, as well […]

Peacekeeping in Cyberspace?

WFM – Canada President Walter Dorn presented a paper on “Cyberpeacekeeping: New Ways to Prevent and Manage Cyberattacks” June 5 at the Vancouver (UBC) meetings of the Canadian Peace Research Association. There are a growing number of examples of cyberattacks in regions of tensions and armed conflict. The paper discusses the applicability of the principles of peacekeeping […]

Canada’s Human Rights Commitments

WFMC’s project on Canada’s Human Rights Commitments is a web-based  educational resource, a database of Canada’s international commitments regarding the major international human rights and humanitarian law treaties and other instruments. This website offers Canadians an accessible, all-in-one-place presentation, in English and French, of the body of international human rights and humanitarian instruments, as well as up to date information regarding […]

Canada’s (too short) extension to the Mali deployment

Earlier this month, it was announced that Canada’s deployment to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, MINUSMA, will be extended until the end of August. The detachment of helicopters was originally scheduled to leave a month earlier. However, Romania, who are taking over the transport and medical evacuation tasks from Canada, will not have their […]

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights visits Ottawa

Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Chilean president, visited Ottawa in mid-June. She met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and, in part, discussed the findings of the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and the need for a national action plan to move forward with implementation. […]

Canada can do more to support the Rohingya

In response to the continuing persecution of the Rohingya in Rakhine State in Myanmar, a group of Canadian parliamentarians – the “All-Party Group for the Prevention of Genocide and other Crimes Against Humanity” — have requested Canada’s Foreign Minister to initiate proceedings against the government of Myanmar in the International Court of Justice. It is […]

MEDIA RELEASE: Celebrating May 29, International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers: Canada’s support for UN peace operations falters

Ottawa – Today, as the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers is celebrated worldwide, Canada’s support for UN peacekeeping remains weak . . . and is about to get weaker. Canada’s largest peacekeeping deployment in Mali is scheduled to end July 31st. The UN Department of Peace Operations had requested that Canada’s air task force remain a few […]

Questions for the federal political parties ahead of this fall’s election

During federal election campaigns, WFMC surveys the federal political parties about their positions on key foreign policy and global governance issues of interest to World Federalists. As we prepare our survey for the parties, we’d like to hear what you think. You can suggest issues or topics through our website. The next issue of Mondial will […]

Have you renewed your membership yet?

It is spring and that means that it is time to renew your membership in WFMC. Thank you so much to everyone who has already done so.As a member you are supporting the development of democratic institutions to assure a peaceful, just and ecologically sustainable world.As a member you:Join a network of like-minded people that are […]

Join our online discussion forum!

Are you interested in discussing issues of interest to World Federalists with like-minded people? Join our online discussion group (managed through Google Groups). Recent topics have included nuclear weapons and disarmament, the Responsibility to Protect, the Green New Deal, and Canada’s chances for a UN Security Council seat.

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