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CANCELLED: Ottawa event: The United Nations and Canada – Can we do better?


The World Federalist Movement - Canada (WFMC) is a not-for-profit research, education and advocacy organization. World Federalists support the application of the principles of federalism to world affairs, in order that global governance becomes more equitable, just and democratically accountable. Our programs cover Peace and Security, Global Democratization, Responsibility to Protect and Global Governance Reforms.

Please note that the panel discussion on the United Nations and Canada planned for this afternoon will not take place as a result of today’s events.

We hope to reschedule.

University of Ottawa’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA), The Centre for International Policy Studies (CIPS) and the World Federalist Movement – Canada (WFMC) invite you to a panel discussion.

Date: 22 October 2014, 2:30 to 4:30 pm
Location: FSS 4007 Social Sciences Building, 120 Université, University of Ottawa, Ottawa

Please RSVP to by Monday, October 20th.

The United Nations is the responsibility of its member states. When members cannot or will not agree, the UN is stymied; and when members do not provide the means to act, the United Nations cannot act effectively.  Change, improvement and reform have been a constant since the UN was founded. It is the responsibility of all member states, including Canada, to actively and constructively engage.


Louise Frechette, Former Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations and Senior Fellow, GSPIA / ancienne vice-secrétaire générale de l’ONU et professionnelle en résidence, ESAPI

Ferry de Kerckhove, former Canadian Ambassador to Egypt and Senior Fellow, GSPIA / ancien ambassadeur en Égypte et professionnel en résidence, ESAPI

Ian Smillie, Author of The Charity of Nations and Diamonds, and Chair of the Diamond Development Initiative / auteur de The Charity of Nations et de Diamonds, et président de la Diamond Development Initiative

Alex Neve, Secretary General, Amnesty International Canada / Secrétaire général d’Amnistie internationale Canada

Chair: Professor Alexandra Gheciu, GSPIA / ESAPI
Introduction: Fergus Watt, Executive Director, WFMC / directeur général, MFMC

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