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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.


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.


In Memory of Barbara Martin Walker, 1923-2016

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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.

WFM-IGP Celebrates Human Rights Day

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New York- On December 10, 2015, the World Federalist Movement- Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) marks Human Rights Day, which commemorates the General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. WFM-IGP Executive Director, William Pace said, “This year we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the UN Charter, which established the three pillars of the UN - peace and security, development, and human rights. In September the General Assembly formally upgraded 'development' to 'sustainable development'.

WFM Calls on World Leaders to Act Against Climate Change

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The Conference of Parties (COP21) is currently taking place in Paris, as the last part of a series of negotiations on climate action. The goal of the conference is to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate action that will keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

WFM-IGP Celebrates National Day of Giving

WFM-IGP Executive Director and Convenor of the CICC, William R. Pace, speaks at the Plenary session of the historic Rome Conference in June 1998. The Rome Conference marked the historic adoption of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

On December 1, 2015, the World Federalist Movement- Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) will celebrate Giving Tuesday. Started in 2012, #GivingTuesday takes place each year on the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving as a way to bring communities together to give back to the charities of their choice. This year, we ask you to please consider giving to WFM-IGP, a 501c3 committed to the realization of global peace and justice through the development of democratic institutions and the application of international law.

WFNews Issue 63 and a Letter from the Executive Director, William R. Pace

2015 has been a milestone year for the United Nations, during which it will celebrate its 70th anniversary. Likewise, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) and the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP), will be celebrating their respective 20th and 10th anniversaries this year. Anniversaries give us a moment to reflect on the progress that has been made.

The Continuing Humanitarian Crisis and Violations of Human Rights in ISIS-held Areas in Iraq and Syria, By Rene Wadlow

    In a 25 August 2014 Statement, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the “appalling, widespread, and systematic violations of human rights” by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The violations mentioned included targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, trafficking of women, slavery, sexual abuse, destruction of religious and cultural sites of significance and the besieging of entire communities because of ethnic, religious and sectarian affiliation.

An Aging United Nations in 2015. But How About a New United Nations in 2020? By Tad Daley

(This article was previously featured in the Huffington Post)

The new report from the Commission on Global Security, Justice, and Governance, co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, suggests that the 75th anniversary year in 2020 might be the moment to reinvent the United Nations.



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