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World Federalist Questions for the 2021 Federal Election

A federal election has been called for September 20th. During federal campaigns, WFMC surveys the federal political parties about their positions on specific areas of interest to World Federalists. The following questions are being presented (with brief background text) to the major political parties: Question 1: How should Canada support United Nations peacekeeping? Question 2: Global Climate […]

The Current Situation in Afghanistan

An open letter on support for women human rights defenders and LGBTQ rights defenders in Afghanistan was organized earlier this month by the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada. It was signed by more than 180 organizations and individuals, including WFMC.The letter was addressed to the leaders of the major federal political parties, as well as to […]

WFMC Toronto Branch Zoom events

The Economics of Kindness: A Ten-Year Transition to a New Ecological Civilization September 15 20217pm EDT As part of a series of World Federalist discussions on better global governance, Toronto Branch will be hosting an online talk by Guy Dauncey on September 15, 2021 at 7pm EDT on the topic of “The Economics of Kindness: A Ten-Year […]

Canada and UN Peacekeeping

Each year, WFMC releases an update of our Canada and UN Peacekeeping fact sheet to mark National Peacekeepers’ Day on August 9th.The fact sheet includes details about Canada’s contributions in the context of UN peace operations as a whole, as well as the steps Canada can take moving forward.The work of the United Nations to restore […]

Falling behind on the Sustainable Development Goals

The UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) met from July 6 to 15 to review progress in meeting Agenda 2030, the 15-year plan that was negotiated in 2015 for progress on a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals.  In a 2021 report on the SDGs, UN Secretary-General António Guterres pointed to the adverse […]

Human Rights and Climate Change

Earlier this year an open letter from over 500 national, regional and international civil society organizations (including WFM – Canada), called for the creation of a UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur on human rights and climate change.   The creation of such a dedicated Special Rapporteur would enable the HRC to elevate its work on […]

WFMC Toronto Branch Event: The Economics of Kindness: A Ten-Year Transition to a New Ecological Civilization

September 15 20217pm EDTZoomAs part of a series of World Federalist discussions on better global governance, Toronto Branch will be hosting an online talk by Guy Dauncey on September 15, 2021 at 7pm EDT on the topic of ” The Economics of Kindness: A Ten-Year Transition to a New Ecological Civilization.”Guy Dauncey is an anthropological economist and […]

Day of International Criminal Justice and the Coalition for the International Criminal Court

On the Day of International Criminal Justice, July 17th, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, of which WFMC is a member, released a statement that says, in part: “This anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute comes at a critical juncture. The independence of the Court and its ability to discharge its mandate are threatened […]

Democratizing global governance

The NGO Democracy International is hosting a series of webinars discussing ways the United Nations can become more inclusive and democratic. Earlier this year Democracy International joined CIVICUS and Democracy Without Borders to launch the “We The Peoples” Call for inclusive global governance, which garnered support from a number of influential organizations around the world.  […]

New ICC Prosecutor Sworn In

On June 16th, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan became the third Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. In his first remarks as Prosecutor, Khan said “The Rome Statute architecture is a promise to the future that tomorrow need not be as bleak and sorrowful as yesterday.”As well, in reference to the possibility of holding trials in places other than The […]

Fergus Watt steps down as Executive Director of WFM – Canada

Fergus Watt recently announced that he is stepping down as of July 1, after 35 years as Executive Director of the World Federalist Movement – Canada. In an email to WFMC supporters, he said that “I feel very privileged to have been able to enjoy a career advocating for the principles and political / institutional arrangements that […]

Aligning Canada’s Korea Policy with Its Feminist Vision

Earlier this month, the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada (WPSN-C) co-hosted, with Korea Peace Now!, Aligning Canada’s Korea Policy with Its Feminist Vision, a presentation and discussion to mark the Canadian launch of Korea Peace Now’s report, “Path to Peace: The Case for a Peace Agreement to End the Korean War.“ A recording of […]

National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security: 2019/2020 Progress Report tabled in Parliament

In mid-June, the 2019/2020 progress report of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security was tabled in the House of Commons.Much delayed, the report covers the period of April 1, 2019 to March 30, 2020.The report includes a summary of the progress that has been made by the Government of Canada partners who are part […]

Human rights and climate change

WFM – Canada joined a growing number of civil society organizations calling for the Human Rights Council to create the post of a UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and climate change.The open letter sent to governments at the 47th session of the UN Human Rights Councli, meeting 21 June – 15 July in Geneva, states […]

Canada passes United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) legislation

Earlier this month, Parliament passed legislation that provides a framework for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Canada. The legislation includes the development of an action plan and annual progress reports. In a statement from the UN Rights Office in Geneva, a spokesperson said, “The adoption […]

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