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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 C?te 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 […]

Towards a UN World Citizens’ Initiative

pdf available by Andreas Bummel While the establishment of a citizen-elected United Nations Parliamentary Assembly remains a key federalist goal, it is possible to pursue complementary e?orts towards strengthening global democracy. One such innovation that the Congress of the World Federalist Movement in The Hague supported unanimously this year is a UN World Citizens’ Initiative […]

Ventotene International Seminar: 35th edition

pdf available by Yasmina Gourchane In early September, young world federalists assembled on the Italian island of Ventotene for the 35th edition of the Ventotene International Seminar. From Mombasa to Montreal, Islamabad to Buenos Aires, WFM’s delegation of 12 took part in the week-long event, participating in panels as speakers, leading working groups, and networking […]

European Identity – Fact or Myth?

pdf available by Keith Best From a speech by Keith Best at the 28th European Economic Forum: 4-6 September 2018 Krynica, Poland, “A Europe of Common Values or A Europe of Common Interests?” European values and interests are both evolving all the time, as is the national identities of the states. Through migration, changing norms […]

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 […]

The ICC comes under attack – again

pdf available by Yasmina Gourchane On 10 September 2018, US National Security Advisor, John Bolton, speaking at a meeting of the right-wing Federalist Society in Washington DC, publicly denounced the International Criminal Court. He called it a creation of “self-styled global governance advocates,” and went on to announce that “the United States will use any […]

COPLA Update: COPLA arrives on the global stage

pdf available by Florencia Gor Kick-started five years ago by the small NGO Democracia Global (the WFM Member Organization from Argentina), the campaign to establish a Latin American and Caribbean criminal court against transnational organized crime continues to garner support in the governmental, academic and civil society sectors. COPLA (acronym for Corte Penal Latinoamericana y […]

Neglected aspects of the United Nations Charter

pdf available by Marjolijn Snippe In 1995, Erskine Childers (1929-1996) and I composed a project proposal raising questions about the legal rules governing four specific issues covered by the UN Charter. These issues were: financing the UN,the economic mandates of the General Assembly,international economic and social cooperation, andthe sovereign equality of member states and their […]

R2P Update: UN SC side event and MENA trainings emphasize prevention

pdf available by Marijke Kremin On 24 October 2018, the Friedrich-Ebert- Stiftung, the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), working in partnership within the Prevention Up Front (PuF) Alliance, convened a side event to the annual UN Security Council (UNSC) Open Debate […]

A Tribute: Joseph E. Schwartzberg, 1928 – 2018

pdf available by Nancy Dunlavy, Director, The Workable World Trust Joseph E. Schwartzberg, Distinguished International Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota (USA), died on September 19, 2018, at the age of 90. He was an intellectual activist leader in the World Federalist Movement, having significant impact at the local, national and international levels. His […]

World Federalist Congress in The Hague rea?rms fight for global peace, justice and democracy

pdf available by Andreas Bummel Convening July 9 to 13 in The Hague, the world’s capital of international law, the World Federalist Movement (WFM) rea?rmed the organization’s fight for global justice, peace and democracy. In a resolution adopted at the meeting, the movement underlined its “primary goal” of institution-building and emphasized its commitment to “the […]

World Federalist Reading (December 2018)

pdf available Supranational Political Economy: The Globalisation of the State–Market Relationship (Series: Routledge Frontiers of Political Economy) Guido Montani Routledge, August 2018 In Supranational Political Economy: The Globalisation of the State–Market Relationship, Guido Montani argues for a supranational approach to global governance that will be a better balance between politics and economics. In making his […]