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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 […]

UN Security Council Resolution 2467 on sexual violence in conflict

On April 23, the UN Security Council passed Resolution 2467 on sexual violence in conflict, with China and Russia abstaining, after a lengthy debate which included briefings by Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, and barrister Amal Clooney, amongst others. Richard Arbeiter, Canadian Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the […]

UN2020 Initiative update

The UN2020 Initiative is a civil society-led effort mobilizing support for using the 75th anniversary of the United Nations as an opportunity to address the crisis in multilateralism. WFMC is providing secretariat services for an international NGO coordination group for the project. Since January 2017, the campaign has facilitated discussions with many member states, secretariat […]

Canada and MINUSMA

Canada’s deployment to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali (MINUSMA) is still scheduled to end July 31, despite a request from the UN Department of Peace Operations that Canada remain a few months longer, until the replacement personnel from Romania are scheduled to be in place in October of this year. In a conference […]

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