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TakeAction: Support Bill C-331, An Act to amend the Federal Courts Act (international promotion and protection of human rights)

The criminal prosecution and punishment of those who commit international human rights violations has been established through criminal tribunals, such as those that addressed Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, and through the International Criminal Court. There have been national criminal cases as well. However, there are problems and difficulties that arise with criminal prosecutions. They […]

Online book club: Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World

Citizens for Global Solutions, in conjunction with The Workable World Trust, has been hosting an online webinar-based book club discussingTransforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World, by Joseph E. Schwartzberg.The final two webinars take place: March 9: A Strengthened Judicial System (including the International Criminal Court) moderated by Evan Freud, Board Member Citizens for Global […]

Paul Dewar, 1963 – 2019

Paul Dewar, former Member of Parliament for the New Democratic Party and foreign affairs critic, died on February 6th, 2019 from brain cancer. Dewar was first elected to Parliament in 2006 and served until 2015. Dewar was a supporter of many of the same issues that WFMC promotes, such as the Responsibility to  Protect, human […]

An update on Canada’s UN peacekeeping commitments

Earlier this month, the Standing Committee on National Defence of the House of Commons traveled to Mali and Senegal on a week-long fact-finding mission that included a meeting with Mahamat Saleh Annadif, who heads the UN stabilization mission in Mali. The committee was told by Annadif that the gap between Canada leaving in July and Romania beginning […]

TakeAction: Ask the European Union to continue to honour its commitments to the International Criminal Court

The first warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the arrest of Omar al-Bashir, the president of Sudan, was issued in 2009, the second came in 2010. President al-Bashir is wanted on charges of criminal responsibility for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity committed in Darfur, Sudan. As Sudan is not a state party to the Rome Statute of […]

TakeAction: Support Bill C-262: the UNDRIP Act

Member of Parliament Romeo Saganash introduced Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, otherwise referred to as the UNDRIP Act, in the House of Commons in 2016. It is currently at the stage of second reading in the […]

Montreal Branch Annual Luncheon

The Montreal branch of WFMC will hold their annual luncheon on Sunday, February 10th, 2019 at 1pm at the Museum of Fine Arts (1380 Sherbrooke West, Montreal; 2nd floor, west of the elevator and south of the café). The topic for this year is:  What should we think of the United Nations Human Rights Council […]

Donald Trump, foreign policy, and UNEPS

In a recent article, Trump’s trap: leave vs remain (OpenDemocracy, January 17 2019), Paul Rogers, recipient of the 2018 WFMC World Peace Award, discusses US President Donald Trump’s recent abrupt announcements of the intention to withdraw US forces from Syria and reduce those in Afghanistan.In the conclusion of the article, Rogers references the UNEPS proposal (in particular, […]

UN2020: Intergovernmental process gets a re-boot

Since January 2017, the UN2020 Initiative has facilitated discussions with many Member States, Secretariat officials and other UN stakeholders on the need for a successful, adequately prepared 75th anniversary commemoration in 2020, one that includes a meaningful process of stocktaking, review and strengthening for the organization. In 2018 deliberations within the General Assembly’s Ad Hoc Working Group […]

International Criminal Court Update: Decision on Gbagbo case and other news

In mid-January, Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé were acquitted on all charges of crimes against humanity. The crimes were alleged to have been committed in 2010 and 2011 in Côte d’Ivoire. A majority decision by the Trial Chamber concluded that the Prosecutor failed to “demonstrate several core constitutive elements of the crimes as charged, including the existence […]

Montreal Branch Annual Luncheon

The Montreal branch of WFMC will hold their annual luncheon on Sunday, February 10th, 2019 at 1pm at the Museum of Fine Arts (1380 Sherbrooke West, Montreal; 2nd floor, west of the elevator and south of the café). The topic for this year is:  What should we think of the United Nations Human Rights Council […]

Donald Trump, foreign policy, and UNEPS

In a recent article, Trump’s trap: leave vs remain (OpenDemocracy, January 17 2019), Paul Rogers, recipient of the 2018 WFMC World Peace Award, discusses US President Donald Trump’s recent abrupt announcements of the intention to withdraw US forces from Syria and reduce those in Afghanistan.In the conclusion of the article, Rogers references the UNEPS proposal (in particular, […]

UN2020: Intergovernmental process gets a re-boot

Since January 2017, the UN2020 Initiative has facilitated discussions with many Member States, Secretariat officials and other UN stakeholders on the need for a successful, adequately prepared 75th anniversary commemoration in 2020, one that includes a meaningful process of stocktaking, review and strengthening for the organization. In 2018 deliberations within the General Assembly’s Ad Hoc […]

International Criminal Court Update: Decision on Gbagbo case and other news

In mid-January, Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé were acquitted on all charges of crimes against humanity. The crimes were alleged to have been committed in 2010 and 2011 in Côte d’Ivoire. A majority decision by the Trial Chamber concluded that the Prosecutor failed to “demonstrate several core constitutive elements of the crimes as charged, including the […]

Towards a UN World Citizens’ Initiative

pdf available by Andreas Bummel While the establishment of a citizen-elected United Nations Parliamentary Assembly remains a key federalist goal, it is possible to pursue complementary efforts towards strengthening global democracy. One such innovation that the Congress of the World Federalist Movement in The Hague supported unanimously this year is a UN World Citizens’ Initiative […]