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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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]