Fergus Watt

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Mondial Summer 2020: Book Review

pdf available Existing Legal Limits to Security Council Veto Power in the Face of Atrocity Crimes By Jennifer Trahan, Clinical Professor of Law, New York University Cambridge University Press, August 2020 Review by Fergus Watt It is often assumed by casual observers of the United Nations that the power to veto resolutions on the maintenance […]

Mondial Summer 2020: U.S. attacks on ICC require a Canadian response

pdf available By Fergus Watt Only time will tell what will come of the recent escalation of hostilities between the U.S. government and the International Criminal Court (ICC).  A June 11 Executive Order authorized by President Trump enables U.S. officials to take action against individuals (and their property in the U.S.) who carry out work […]

Mondial Summer 2020: The UN at 75: The world planned a party. . . . Then the coronavirus showed up.

pdf available Fergus Watt, UN2020 Campaign Coordinator & Jeffery Huffines, UN2020 Senior Advisor Since 2017 the UN2020 Campaign has provided a platform for a diverse constellation of civil society organizations (CSOs) calling for the UN’s 75th anniversary to provide not only an occasion for celebrating past achievements, but also an opportunity to take stock of the […]

UN2020 Update (December 2019)

pdf available by Fergus Watt The UN2020 Campaign is dedicated to using the 75th anniversary of the United Nations in 2020 as an opportunity to take stock and strengthen the UN system. Across a range of sectors, from human rights to peace, sustainable development, climate change, gender equality, migration and humanitarian issues, there is a […]

“Modalities resolution” highlights UN2020 campaign

pdf available by Fergus Watt The adoption on 14 June 2019 by the United Nations General Assembly of a resolution (A/RES/73/299) on “Commemoration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the United Nations” marks a significant landmark for the UN2020 campaign. This “modalities resolution” sets out the organizational framework and practical arrangements for actions by various UN […]

UN2020: Landing pad or launch pad?

pdf available by Fergus Watt  The UN2020 initiative is a civil society-led consortium calling for a United Nations 75th anniversary that includes a meaningful process of stocktaking, renewal and reforms that strengthen the organization. The campaign is led by WFM-IGP and a growing network of civil society partner organizations. On the basis of consultations in […]

The UN debates R2P – to what end?

pdf available by Fergus Watt On 25 June 2018 the UN General Assembly held a debate on “The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) and the prevention of genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity” as part of the formal agenda of its 72nd session. This year’s debate constituted the first formal discussion of R2P […]

UN2020 update: Toward a 75th anniversary of UN renewal and reform

pdf available by Fergus Watt The text below is based on remarks by Fergus Watt, Coordinator, UN2020 Initiative at a side event April 24 2018 during the UNGA High-Level Meeting on Peacebuilding and Sustaining Peace. The idea of a United Nations 2020 Summit starts with a general sense of expectation around the UN’s 75th anniversary […]

ICC activates jurisdiction over crime of aggression (December 2017)

by Fergus Watt, Executive Director, World Federalist Movement – Canada Marathon up-to-the-last-minute diplomatic negotiations in New York recently led to a historic decision to “activate” the International Criminal Court’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. The negotiations took place at the ICC’s December 4-14 meeting of its Assembly of States Parties. While the Court has […]

UN 2020: Will this be a Happy Birthday? (June 2017)

pdf available Anniversaries often mark an opportunity for stock-taking, renewal . . . and occasionally reform. The year 2020, marking 75th anniversary of the United Nations, presents advocates of a more effective UN the chance to call for measures to strengthen the world body. In 1995, at the time of the UN’s 50th anniversary (and […]

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