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Ventotene 2019: Calling All Young Activists

Are you (or do you know) a young activist, aged 35 or under, interested in the fields of international relations, global democracy and regional integration? Are you looking for a unique opportunity to deepen your knowledge about federalism and develop your activism and leadership skills? The World Federalist Movement (WFM), partnering with the Workable World Trustand theIstituto Spinelli, […]

Press release: Canada’s faltering support for UN peace operations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  2 April, 2019 Ottawa  – The Government of Canada has let down the United Nations once again.  In New York last Friday, at the time of the UN’s 2019 Peacekeeping Ministerial Meeting, Foreign Minister Freeland announced Canada’s decision not to extend its peacekeeping mission in Mali.  Canada’s mission is scheduled to end […]

It is time to renew your membership!

Spring has (finally) arrived, which means that it is time to renew your membership in WFMC. Current members will have received a membership renewal form in the mail, although you can also renew online. There is also the option of donating monthly. (If you would like to make a change to your monthly donation, please contact the National […]

Canada’s Human Rights Commitments

Originally launched in 2015 with former WFMC President, the late Warren Allmand, the 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. The website offers Canadians an accessible, all-in-one-place presentation, in English and French, of the body of […]

The 2019 CIVICUS State of Civil Society Report

Each year CIVICUS publishes the State of Civil Society Report to analyse how contemporary events and trends are affecting civil society, and how civil society is responding to current issues and challenges.  “The right to provide humanitarian assistance to migrants and refugees is under attack as the world faces a crisis of global compassion. Right-wing populists are […]

Budget 2019 another missed opportunity for Canada’s development assistance

The Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) – the umbrella organization representing Canada’s international development and humanitarian organizations – expressed disappointment earlier this month that Budget 2019 did not contribute the additional resources required to achieve the ambitious targets the Government of Canada has set through its Feminist International Assistance Policy. This internationally acclaimed policy was developed […]

Earl Turcotte to lead CNANW

Earl Turcotte, a veteran Canadian diplomat and arms control specialist, has been appointed Chairperson of the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (CNANW), succeeding Bev Delong, who held the post for more than twenty years.  WFMC is one of 18 member organizations of the CNANW. Turcotte served as Director and Senior Coordinator for Mine Action with […]

Progress on the road to 2020

WFM – Canada Board member Florencia Gor, pictured at right with the United Nations President of the General Assembly, H.E. Ms Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Foreign Minister of Ecuador.  Florencia Gor led the UN2020 Initiative’s efforts earlier this month in Buenos Aires. Argentina, organizing a side event at the United Nations High Level Conference on South-South Cooperation. […]

The United States vs the International Criminal Court

Earlier this month, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announcedthat the United states will deny or revoke the visas of ICC personnel who are involved in the preliminary examination into the situation in Afghanistan. Financial sanctions and restrictions on “persons who take or have taken action to request or further such [ICC] investigations” were also suggested. Reaction […]

Canada, Mali, and what will happen next

According to an article from Canadian Press this month, the United Nations sent a request to Canada in late February to extend the Canadian peacekeeping deployment in Mali. Canada’s current contingent in Mali, of 250 troops and 8 helicopters, has been providing emergency medical evacuations, as well as transporting troops and equipment. They are scheduled to leave at […]

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 […]