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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.

Canadian legislation on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The private member’s 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, sponsored by Member of Parliament Romeo Saganash, passed second reading in the Senate earlier this month and has been referred to the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. The committee is […]

“Modalities” … and how political process shapes outcomes

The polarized nature of intergovernmental relations at the United Nations has been on display the past month, as governments debate the “modalities” for the 75th anniversary commemoration of the organization in 2020.  “Modalities” refers to the specific elements and commitments of various parts of the UN system to a particular process.  In this case, while the […]

News from the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada

The Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada (WPSN-C), which WFMC has been a member of since it was established six years ago, took an exciting step forward this year and is now incorporated. The Network held its first annual general meeting at the beginning of May. The Network’s new formalized structure will allow it to […]

Mr. Prime Minister, it’s about those nukes

WFM – Canada joined a number of organizations to co-sign an open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau.  The letter sets out a number of recent developments that increase the risk of nuclear catastrophe, and focuses on the need for leadership – particularly Canadian leadership — in nuclear disarmament.

Remembering Murray Thomson

It was not hyperbole when Jamie Swift, in an excellent Globe and Mail tribute, referred to Murray Thomson as the “dean of the Canadian peace movement.” Murray passed away earlier this month in Ottawa at the age of 96.  For many years WFM – Canada’s national office was in a building (“the Spruce Street peace ghetto”) […]

What do the Canadian federal political parties think about issues of interest to World Federalists?

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, such as Canada’s support for peacekeeping, the Responsibility to Protect, and United Nations reform. We would like to invite you to tell us what issues and topics are most […]

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 […]

UN Security Council Resolution 2467 on sexual violence in conflict

On April 23, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2467 on sexual violence in conflict, with China and Russia abstaining, after a lengthy debate which included briefings by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and barrister Amal Clooney, amongst others. Richard Arbeiter, Canadian Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the […]

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