The World Federalist Movement - Canada (WFM-C) is a not-for-profit research, education and advocacy organization. It was established in 1951 by the union of five independent federalist groups in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg and Saskatoon. Reacting in large part to the devastation of the Second World War, WFMC was funded with a strong conviction that the development of democratic world institutions, wholly accountable to the world’s population, can safeguard peace and security. WFM-C members believe that the current world order of independent nation-states will eventually evolve into one of global governance in order to solve humanity’s biggest problems.
WFM - Canada currently has over 1000 supporters in branches throughout Canada. Some of their projects are:
International Law and Justice
WFM - Canada has been proactive in both promoting and establishing the International Criminal Court. WFM-Canada spent 2004 monitoring Canadian compliance with its obligations under the Rome Statute, including the need to prosecute war criminals in Canada and ICC-related treaties that enable Court officials to carry out their duties.
Democratizing Global Governance
WFM-Canada supports increased capacity, at the UN and elsewhere, for multilateral programming to promote and consolidate democracy at the nation-state level. In 2004, WFMC continued its work with parliamentary assemblies at the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and other key global governance institutions. Members also worked with the international Secretariat of the World Federalist Movement to follow up on commitments made by government and civil society organizations at the International Conference of New or Restored Democracies.
United Nations Reform
WFM - C recently convened an Experts Seminar that contributed directly to the work of the High Level Panel created to study global security threats and necessary reform of the United Nations organization. WFM serves as a focal point for UN reform issues among Canadian civil society organizations and media, ensuring that the Canadian government’s “International Policy Review” includes effective proposals to reform the United Nations system.
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