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. As we struggle to address the terrible difficulties and seemingly in-tractable conditions of crippling conflicts, extreme poverty, catastrophic environmental impacts, and inequality, let us nevertheless look at these in relation to the past 69 years.

In 1945, the worst and most destructive worldwide war in history came to a cataclysmic end, and opened into the age of nuclear weapons and the Cold War between the USA-Western Europe Organization, based upon new principles, purposes, and powers.  The membership at the UN has since then grown from 51 to 193 through the dismantling of imperialism and decolonization, closely facilitated by the UN.  In 2015, there is now a major new “international democracy” in Europe with no war among its members since its founding, and other regional and sub-regional international organizations based upon democratic principles, human rights, political and economic integration developing throughout the world. It is with hope that we can mark these accomplishments, sure signs of progress, which have maintained pockets of peace in a world still tangled in turmoil, and upon which further action can be taken.

In this way, anniversaries also give us a moment to take stock of plans for the future. A couple initiatives that are beginning to gain steam, and that the International Secretariat has been pushing hard for are, calling for the UN Security Council to restrain the use of the veto in the case of mass atrocities, and the 1 for 7 billion campaign, which is advocating for a more transparent and inclusive selection process for the next UN Secretary General.

The next WFM Council meeting has been scheduled from 4-7 November in New York. We hope to have as much participation as possible, and I look forward to welcoming you and continuing these discussions. 

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