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UN2020: Two steps forward …

Despite the polarization and stasis that characterizes so much of the present politics at the United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres is betting that the 75th anniversary of the organization in 2020 will provide an opportunity for the international community to begin to address the “crisis in multilateralism,” and shape a more robust and effective organization.  On […]

Next issue of Mondial coming soon

The electronic version of the next issue of Mondial will be distributed very soon. You can sign up to receive the electronic version on the WFMC website.The paper version will be mailed at the same time.The latest issue include updates on the International Criminal Court, the Responsibility to Protect, COPLA, and the UN2020 Initiative, as well […]

Peacekeeping in Cyberspace?

WFM – Canada President Walter Dorn presented a paper on “Cyberpeacekeeping: New Ways to Prevent and Manage Cyberattacks” June 5 at the Vancouver (UBC) meetings of the Canadian Peace Research Association. There are a growing number of examples of cyberattacks in regions of tensions and armed conflict. The paper discusses the applicability of the principles of peacekeeping […]

Canada’s Human Rights Commitments

WFMC’s 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. This website offers Canadians an accessible, all-in-one-place presentation, in English and French, of the body of international human rights and humanitarian instruments, as well as up to date information regarding […]

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. […]

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”) […]

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 […]

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