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International Criminal Court Update: Decision on Gbagbo case and other news

In mid-January, Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé were acquitted on all charges of crimes against humanity. The crimes were alleged to have been committed in 2010 and 2011 in Côte d’Ivoire. A majority decision by the Trial Chamber concluded that the Prosecutor failed to “demonstrate several core constitutive elements of the crimes as charged, including the existence […]

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 […]

International Criminal Court Update: Decision on Gbagbo case and other news

In mid-January, Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé were acquitted on all charges of crimes against humanity. The crimes were alleged to have been committed in 2010 and 2011 in Côte d’Ivoire. A majority decision by the Trial Chamber concluded that the Prosecutor failed to “demonstrate several core constitutive elements of the crimes as charged, including the […]

ICC Update (December 2018)

pdf available By Monique Cuillerier The International Criminal Court is currently engaged in ten preliminary examinations, has eleven situations under investigation, and is pursuing 26 cases that involve 42 defendants. The preliminary examinations are currently being conducted in Afghanistan, Bangladesh/Myanmar, Colombia, Guinea, Iraq/UK, Nigeria, Palestine, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Venezuela. A preliminary examination of acts […]

National and Branch News

pdf available WFMC Annual Members Meeting and PeaceQuest events The weekend of November 10th and 11th was a busy one for World Federalists at a series of events held in Kingston in conjunction with PeaceQuest. On Saturday, November 10th, PeaceQuest hosted “Imagining Peace: A Vision for Canada,” which included a keynote address by Paul Rogers. […]

Happy holidays and thank you!

Over the past year, we have accomplished a great deal through our TakeAction emails, monthly news emails, and three webinars. We also released the latest publication in our UN and Canada series, What Canada Could and Should Do at the United Nations 2018: A Question of Leadership (you can also listen to series editor John Trent and some of the contributors talk about their […]

The next issue of Mondial is coming soon!

The December 2018 issue of Mondial will be available shortly. This issue’s articles cover a wide range of topics, including the crisis in multilateralism, the use of the UN Security Council veto, and the World Citizen Initiative. There are also updates on the campaigns and programs around the International Criminal Court, COPLA (the campaign to establish a […]

Canada’s Human Rights Commitments

To mark Human Rights Day on December 10th, WFMC talked to Senator Marilou McPhedran about the challenges and opportunities that Canada faces regarding human rights. The recording of the webinar is available on the WFMC website,along with previous webinars on peacekeeping and the International Criminal Court. In addition to the discussion between Senator McPhedran and WFMC […]

Update on Canada, Mali, and UN Peacekeeping

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a surprise visit to Canadian peacekeeping personnel in Mali on December 22nd. Trudeau dismissed questions about extending Canada’s deployment, scheduled to end next summer, but said that “part of the way Canada can best help involves coming, taking on an operation, demonstrating how it can be done in the absolute […]

UN adopts historic pacts on Refugees and on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

Earlier this month the UN General Assembly adopted two “Global Compacts,” one dealing with Refugees and another on “Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.”   The Global Compact on Refugees, aimed at improving efforts to manage large refugee movements was adopted by 181 governments — but without the support of the United States and Hungary. Three others […]

Thank you for your ongoing support of World Federalism in Canada!

Building a world community Over the past year, we have accomplished a great deal: our TakeAction emails have encouraged supporters to engage with their political representatives on issues around Canada’s support for the International Criminal Court, a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly, Canadian participation and commitments in United Nations peacekeeping, developing a leadership role for Canada at […]

WFMC Annual Members Meeting and PeaceQuest events

Paul Rogers (at right) stepping up to receive WFMC’s World Peace Award at PeaceQuest’s Imagining Peace Gathering in Kingston on November 10th, 2018 (PeaceQuest). WThe weekend of November 10th and 11th was a busy one for World Federalists at a series of events held in Kingston in conjunction with PeaceQuest.On Saturday, November 10th, PeaceQuest hosted “Imagining […]

Canada’s Mali peacekeeping deployment update

In a troubling development, earlier this month, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan confirmed that Canada will not be extending its peacekeeping commitment in Mali. Sajjan was quoted as saying, “We’ve said this for a year. We wanted to offer up support for what the UN wanted to do. One big ask they had was the concept of smart […]