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World Federalist Movement - Canada


"...recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world."

 --Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights--


Warren Allmand, WFM-C National President, (514) 262-5623 (mobile)

Fergus Watt, WFM-C Executive Director, (613) 232-0647            

 Working for global human rights through global laws and institutions

The World Federalist Movement - Canada (WFM-C), founded in 1951, is a branch of the international World Federalist Movement (WFM) which is headquartered in New York City across from the UN, where it is an accredited NGO.

World federalists believe the best guarantee of universal human rights is a global community based on the rule of law and democratically accountable international institutions, and that governments, civil society, and international institutions have a fundamental responsibility  to protect civilians at risk.

"Human rights are a particularly Canadian cause, from the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by a Canadian to our championing of the creation of the International Criminal Court." says Warren Allmand, former cabinet minister in the government of Pierre Trudeau and current President of the World Federalist Movement--Canada. "As we enter another election campaign, WFM-C is calling upon all parties to commit to a reinvigorated role for Canada as an international leader in advancing human rights, including a commitment to do our part to meet the Millennium Development Goals.  These MDGs would convert decades of human rights rhetoric into practical  progress by drastically reducing hunger, disease, and child mortality and aggressively promoting gender equity, universal education, fair trade and environmental sustainability."

During the 1990s, WFM coordinated the vast coalition of NGOs that successfully helped create the International Criminal Court where human rights violators – from soldiers and civilians to generals and heads of state – can be brought to justice. Today WFM campaigns for the ratification of the ICC by all countries, including the United States.

In the 2000s, WFM leads a new coalition lobbying for the global adoption of  "The Responsibility to Protect" (R2P) as a new norm for the prevention of crimes against humanity and for multilateral military intervention as a last resort when gross and systematic violations occur.  In September 2005 at the UN's historic Millennium + 5 Summit, the World Federalist Movement successfully pressed for the endorsement of R2P by the General Assembly.

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Telephone:   (613) 232-0647   
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