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Canada’s Federal Election: Engaging with candidates

As the October 21st federal election draws near, WFMC and other organizations have developed toolkits, blog series, and other materials to provide you with the background material — and possible questions — to engage with candidates. WFMC has developed a group of questions covering peacekeeping, climate change, disarmament, and strengthening the United Nations. The questions have […]

UN2020 and the opening of the UN General Assembly

The UN2020 initiative is dedicated to using the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 as an opportunity to take stock and strengthen the UN system in partnership with civil society, governments, and the UN in support of a people-centered multilateralism. Check out the UN2020 Facebook page for highlights from this week’s opening of the 74th […]

Have you read the latest issue of Mondial?

Earlier this summer, the latest issue of our twice-yearly publication Mondial came out. Along with updates on international and Canadian programs and campaigns, there are articles about: Challenging times for the International Criminal CourtThe Right to Peace: A Political ApproachThe United Nations as a Values-based Community Or read the full issue.

Update on Canada and UN peacekeeping

As Canada winds down its commitment to the UN peacekeeping mission in Mali, a recent CBC investigation raised the issue of how allegations of sexual misconduct by Canadian peacekeepers are handled once they return to Canada. The situation is related to non-RCMP police who deploy under RCMP oversight. As the article says, “When the UN finds credible information […]

UN2020 Campaign Update

The UN2020 Initiative is a civil society campaign calling for using the 75th anniversary of the United Nations as an opportunity to review and strengthen the organization.  The campaign has accelerated in recent months following adoption (June 2019) of a UN “modalities resolution” that sets out the framework for the 2020 commemorative activities and Leaders Summit. The theme for the […]

The latest issue of Mondial is available now!

Members should have received the latest print issue of Mondial in the mail, but it is also available electronically, both as a single fileand as individual articles on the WFMC website. (You can also sign up to receive Mondial by email.) Articles in this issue include: The United Nations as a Values-based CommunityChallenging times for the International Criminal CourtTowards […]

Canadian Foreign Policy and Global Governance: The positions of the federal political parties

During federal election campaigns, WFMC surveys the federal political parties about their positions on specific areas of interest to World Federalists. The questions are being presented to the political parties participating in this fall’s federal election and the answers will be made available on the WFMC website as they are received. You can also download the […]

WPSN-C meeting with Canada’s WPS Ambassador

On August 15th, members of the Women, Peace and Security Network – Canada (WPSN-C), including WFMC’s Monique Cuillerier, met with new Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security Jacqueline O’Neill. There was a discussion of the expectations of civil society, which has long advocated for the appointment of a high-level champion for women, peace and security issues in […]

Canada and UN Peacekeeping Update

WFMC President Dr Walter Dorn has an opinion piece in the Toronto Star today, August 22nd, titled “What Happened to Trudeau’s Peacekeeping Promise?” that summarizes the promises made by the Trudeau government, how they have failed to materialize, and where responsibility for that failure lies. August 9th marked National Peacekeepers’ Day in Canada and WFMC, through our Canadians […]

World Federalist Listening

pdf available Global Dispatches (UN Dispatch) Length and Frequency: About a half hour, twice a week. Mark Leon Goldberg covers a range of topics, including the situations in specific countries and broader, global subjects, and also features a sub-series of interviews with correspondents at the UN (from different media sources). Episodes are always interesting, current, […]

Union of European Federalists Focuses on Elections

pdf available by Eric Rosenzweig Since its formation after WWII, the Union of European Federalists has been a front-line advocacy group for European cooperation and unity. Its 70-year history includes successful campaigns for the European Community, which ultimately led to the European Union (EU). This year, it is focusing on the recent European Parliament (EP) […]

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 […]

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