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Better Climate Governance: Improving the effectiveness of climate change negotiations

WFMC is a partner in the Better Climate Governance project, which seeks to improve the effectiveness of negotiations in addressing climate change and fulfilling the goals of the Paris Agreement within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  Countries need to increase their ambitions in line with the Paris Agreement.  This can be aided by a conducive framework of formal […]

WFMC President Dr Walter Dorn at the Senate foreign affairs committee

On December 16th, WFMC President Dr Walter Dorn appeared before the Standing Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Trade to speak on the topic of Bill S-2, An Act to amend the Chemical Weapons Convention Implementation Act.While the transcription of Dr Dorn’s testimony is not yet available, a video recording is available (beginning at 10:57).

Next steps as 2020, the 75th anniversary year of the United Nations, comes to an end . . . .

With the end of 2020, it is time to announce a new name for the campaign. Beginning in the new year, the UN2020 Campaign will become the Coalition for the UN We Need.On December 16th, more than thirty partner organizations and networks came together for an initial look at the outcome of the strategic planning process […]

The search for a new prosecutor for the International Criminal Court

The election process for the next Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is scheduled to take place at the nineteenth session of the Assembly of States Parties in December 2020. At the end of June, a short-list of candidates was released. The four candidates are Morris A. Anyah (Nigeria), Fergal Gaynor (Ireland), Susan Okalany (Uganda), and Richard Roy (Canada).The shortlist of relatively unknown candidates […]

The United States formally begins the process to withdraw from the World Health Organization

Following an earlier announcement, US President Donald Trump has notified the US Congress and the United Nations of the United States’ intention to formally withdraw from the World Health Organization. The withdrawal will be effective as of July 6, 2021, although Trump’s Democractic challenger in this November’s US election, Joe Biden, has said that the withdrawal would not […]

Trump’s Middle East “Peace Plan”

On 28 January, US President Donald Trump announced his plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The plan calls for the incorporation of existing Israeli settlements in the West Bank, including the Jordan Valley, and East Jerusalem into the state of Israel, and for Jerusalem to become the undivided capital of Israel. Soon after, the agreement […]

UN HRC resolution on Responsibility to Protect

On July 17 the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted a resolution (A/HRC/44/L.12) marking the “Fifteenth anniversary of the responsibility to protect populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity, as enshrined in the World Summit Outcome of 2005.” The resolution was adopted by a vote of 32 in favour, 1 against and 14 […]

Canada’s current peacekeeping commitments

WFM – Canada and a number of other peace organizations recently called for Canada to make a renewed commitment of military, civilian and police personnel to the UN’s peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA).  The UN Department of Peace Operations has set out mission requirements for MINUSMA that includes the kinds of needs (for helicopters, monitoring […]

WFMC Virtual Branch Meetings: Discussion with Peter Russell

Did you miss our first virtual branch meeting? Hosted by Toronto branch, the meeting took place on Sunday, June 28th. Peter Russell, one of Canada’s most respected constitutional law experts, spoke on the topic of “Sovereignty and World Federalism” with comments and moderation by WFMC President Walter Dorn, Toronto branch president John Daniele, WFMC Executive […]

The next issue of Mondial is coming soon!

The electronic version of the next issue of Mondial will be distributed 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, UN2020, COPLA, and Canada’s National Action Plan on […]

WFMC Virtual Branch Meetings

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Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada update

The annual report on Canada’s National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security is intended to be tabled in the House of Commons each year by the end of September. This past year, the report was first delayed because the House of Commons was not sitting in September because of the federal election campaign and has yet […]

A “Canadian Centre for Peace, Order and Good Government” – say, what?

After last year’s federal election, the Liberal minority government followed through on a campaign promise to create a new organization, a “Canadian Centre for Peace, Order and Good Government (CCPOGG).” According to language in the mandate letters of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs and International Development, this new organization would “expand the availability of Canadian expertise and assistance to those […]

UN2020 moving forward despite Coronavirus restrictions

With the UN buildings in New York shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the organization’s meetings and work is currently taking place online.  The lack of face-to-face meetings frequently leads to postponed or truncated negotiations. Decisions are often based to an even greater extent than usual on a “lowest common denominator” — the […]

NGO call for Canadian peacekeeping contributions

Earlier this month, WFMC, Artistes pour la Paix. Canadian Pugwash, Project Ploughshares, and the Rideau Institute sent a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau urging him to renew Canada’s commitment to UN peacekeeping, in particular through a substantive contribution to the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA). Included with the letter was a two page brief by WFMC President Dr Walter Dorn explaining in more detail why […]

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