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WFM-IGP Annual Report 2014-2015

“The historic advancements in the post-cold war, post-apartheid period, in that brief decade of leadership best exemplified by world leaders like Nelson Mandela – these historic advances in democracy, justice, human rights, & the rule of law are under severe attack.”
 – William R. Pace, Executive Director

In 2014 and 2015, the momentum of the human rights movement – to which the World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) has been integral – came under attack, along with the human rights institutions that correspond with the movement and its advocates.

To reflect the fight against these forces, the theme of WFM-IGP’s 2014/15 Annual Report is “Building Capacities for Protection, Prevention and Peace,” and emphasizes the organization’s refusal to look backwards. WFM-IGP views civil society – the human rights activists, local and regional organization leaders, academics, legal practitioners, journalists and more, and of which our membership and partners are comprised – as an engine for protection, prevention and peace in the context of the world’s gravest crimes.

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"Unite for Peace" in Syria: Global Civil Society Appeal to UN Member States

UN Photo/Loey Felipe

WFM-IGP has joined a global coalition of more than 200 NGOs that has issued a declaration to the United Nations General Assembly to take meaningful action to stop the atrocities and protect civilians in Syria. While the UN Security Council has mandated with the primary responsibility of maintaining international peace and security, the UN General Assembly is able to recommend collective action when the UN Security Council has failed to uphold this responsibility under a "Uniting for Peace" proceducure, adopted in 1950. Therefore, we call on all Member States to convene an Emergency Special Session, and demand urgent intervention in aiding the victims and ending this ongoing humanitarian catastrophe.

The civil society declaration coincides with new research by Human Rights Watch, which shows that war crimes were committed in Aleppo during the Russian-backed Syrian Campaign in September and October 2016, with at least 440 civilians killed including 90 children.

The full statement and list of NGO signatories is below:

International Day of Peace 2016 - Peace Statement

September 21st, 2016 is the International Day of Peace. On this occassion, WFM-IGP has joined with peacebuilding organizations around the world in issuing a statement to UN member states on the importance of sustaining peace, and implementing next steps in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Seminar on UN Security Council Reform: UNSC 2020 & 2050

From Rwanda to Syria, from Eastern Europe to Asia, the UN Security Council is failing to protect millions of innocent civilians and refugees. There is a widespread agreement that the Security Council must reform - but how?

To discuss this question, on June 15th 2016, the World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) co-hosted a seminar on UN Security Council reform, along with the Workable World Trust and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The meeting was held across the road from the UN Headquarters in New York, and was very well attended - dozens of senior UN diplomats, leading UN experts and civil society representatives arrived, demonstrating a growing momentum and interest in UN Reform, and in particular, Security Council reform.

Adoption of Resolution of the House of Councilors for World Federation

Left: Mr. Satsuki Eda, advisor to the Parliamentary Group for World Federation of Japan, former President of the House of Councilors. Right: Mr. Takahiro Yokomichi, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group for World Federation of Japan, former President of the House of Representatives.

Submitted by the World Federalist Movement of Japan

On its 60th anniversary, in 2005, the United Nations, adopted the House of Representatives resolution, endorsing a ‘search for a roadmap to World Federation.’ This year is the 60th anniversary of Japan’s membership at the United Nations, and it is marked by the adoption of the House of Councilors resolution!

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Global support for UN Parliamentary Assembly

By Till Kellerhoff

Within the last seven months, the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly (UNPA) has been gathering additional support from around the world.

As of November 2015, over 1,400 current and former lawmakers from more than 100 countries, and hundreds of renowned personalities from politics, science, cultural life and civil society, signed the campaign’s international appeal that urges the United Nations and its member states “to establish a Parliamentary Assembly at the United Nations.” The appeal and the list of endorsements was presented to the President of the 70th UN General Assembly, Mogens Lykketoft, in New York. On this occasion, the coordinator of the campaign, Andreas Bummel, said that a parliamentary assembly could help to revitalize the UN’s main body and could enhance the world organization’s democratic legitimacy.

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UEF celebrates 70th Anniversary at XXV European Congress

From 10-12 June 2016, the Union of European Federalists (UEF) held their XXV Congress in Strasbourg, France under the theme of “European Future or National Decline? – Time for a Federal Europe.” The event marked the 70th anniversary of the Federalist campaigns for a United Europe.

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In Memory of Barbara Martin Walker, 1923-2016

Photo of Barbara Walker

Note by WFM-IGP Executive Director, Bill Pace, on the death of Barbara Martin Walker

Barbara Martin Walker, one of the long-time and finest members of WFM, passed away on Friday, March 25.  Barbara Walker and her husband Bob were “lifelong supporters” of world federalism and our peace movement.  She served on the WFM Executive Committee for many years, as Treasurer and advisor.  Barbara was 92 years old.

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