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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 […]

WFMC News for January 2020: Montreal Branch annual luncheon

The Montreal Branch will hold their annual post-holiday luncheon on Sunday, February 9th, 2020 at 1pm at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, 1380 Sherbrooke W. In addition to the buffet, the event will include Noah Weisbord speaking on “The Crime of Aggression: The Quest for Justice in an Age of Drones, Cyberattacks, Insurgents and Autocrats” and […]

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 […]

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