World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy
Founded in 1947, WFM-IGP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization committed to the realization of global peace and justice through the development of democratic institutions and the application of international law.
A program of WFM-IGP, the Coalition, consisting of more than 2,500 member organizations from 150 countries, plays a unique and central role in fostering international justice and fighting against impunity for perpetrators of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
WFM-IGP’s IDG Program works to improve the functioning and effectiveness of international institutions; promote transparency in the United Nations reform process by monitoring developments in these issues; making information available to stakeholders worldwide; and mobilizing civil society to take concerted action where it can be most effective.
International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect
A program of WFM-IGP, ICRtoP brings together nongovernmental organizations from around the world to collectively strengthen the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP), a landmark norm that seeks to prevent and halt genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and ethnic cleansing.
WFM is primarily an international movement of member organizations—these groups are supported by tens of thousands of individual members from almost every nation in the world. In 2009, WFM began the incorporation of the new International Individual Member Organization (IMO). We welcome your individual membership in our global efforts to promote the principles of international democracy, federalism, global governance and human rights.
“The historic advancements in the post-cold war, post-apartheid period, in that brief decade of leadership best exemplified by world leaders like Nelson Mandela – these historic advances in democracy, justice, human rights, & the rule of law are under severe attack.” – William R. Pace, Executive Director
In 2014 and 2015, the momentum of the human rights movement – to which the World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) has been integral – came under attack, along with the human rights institutions that correspond with the movement and its advocates.
To reflect the fight against these forces, the theme of WFM-IGP’s 2014/15 Annual Report is “Building Capacities for Protection, Prevention and Peace,” and emphasizes the organization’s refusal to look backwards. WFM-IGP views civil society – the human rights activists, local and regional organization leaders, academics, legal practitioners, journalists and more, and of which our membership and partners are comprised – as an engine for protection, prevention and peace in the context of the world’s gravest crimes.
WFM-IGP has joined a global coalition of more than 200 NGOs that has issued a declaration to the United Nations General Assembly to take meaningful action to stop the atrocities and protect civilians in Syria. While the UN Security Council has mandated with the primary responsibility of maintaining international peace and security, the UN General Assembly is able to recommend collective action when the UN Security Council has failed to uphold this responsibility under a "Uniting for Peace" proceducure, adopted in 1950. Therefore, we call on all Member States to convene an Emergency Special Session, and demand urgent intervention in aiding the victims and ending this ongoing humanitarian catastrophe.
The civil society declaration coincides with new research by Human Rights Watch, which shows that war crimes were committed in Aleppo during the Russian-backed Syrian Campaign in September and October 2016, with at least 440 civilians killed including 90 children.
The full statement and list of NGO signatories is below:
September 21st, 2016 is the International Day of Peace. On this occassion, WFM-IGP has joined with peacebuilding organizations around the world in issuing a statement to UN member states on the importance of sustaining peace, and implementing next steps in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
From Rwanda to Syria, from Eastern Europe to Asia, the UN Security Council is failing to protect millions of innocent civilians and refugees. There is a widespread agreement that the Security Council must reform - but how?
To discuss this question, on June 15th 2016, the World Federalist Movement – Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) co-hosted a seminar on UN Security Council reform, along with the Workable World Trust and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. The meeting was held across the road from the UN Headquarters in New York, and was very well attended - dozens of senior UN diplomats, leading UN experts and civil society representatives arrived, demonstrating a growing momentum and interest in UN Reform, and in particular, Security Council reform.
“We have nothing to lose except everything. So let's go ahead. This is the wager of our generation. If we are to fail, it is better, in any case, to have stood on the side of those who choose life than on the side of those who are destroying it.”
Albert Camus, Author
"Unless some effective supranational government can be set up and brought quickly into action, the prospects of peace and human progress are dark and doubtful."
Winston Churchill, British Prime Minister
"There must be, not a balance of power, but a community of power; not organized rivalries, but an organized common peace."
President Woodrow Wilson
"World federation is an idea that will not die. More and more people are coming to realize that peace must be more than an interlude if we are to survive; that peace is a product of law and order; that law is essential if the force of arms is not to rule the world."
William O. Douglas, Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice
“Science has made unrestricted national sovereignty incompatible with human survival. The only possibilities are now world government or death.”
Bertrand Russell, Philosopher
"Few organisations have sustained for so long the ambition of a better world, united in peace and committed to the ideals of the United Nations. In particular, WFM's support for the International Criminal Court has been critical in building a constituency of civil society and government actors engaged in the pursuit of justice. 10 years into that effort, WFM has much to celebrate."
Hon. Louise Arbour C.C., G.O.Q., President and CEO of International Crisis Group
“A federation of all humanity, together with a sufficient means of social justice to ensure health, education, and a rough equality of opportunity, would mean such a release and increase of human energy as to open a new phase in human history.”
H.G. Wells, Author
“For nearly five decades the World Federalists have worked to promote a strengthened UN and more effective institutions of global governance. I offer my personal endorsement. Now a great opportunity has opened for the realization of the dreams of the UN's founders.”
Walter Cronkite, Broadcast journalist
“There is no salvation for civilization, or even the human race, other than the creation of a world government.”
Albert Einstein, Scientist
"Your Movement has helped keep alive for fifty years the values which inspired the creation of the United Nations: the vision of a world prepared to act together against armed aggression, social ills and global threats, and united in its promotion of economic and social progress for all."
Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan
“The work of the CICC, with like-minded states from around the world is a testament to what can be ac¬complished when civil society and governments work in partnership to bring about dramatic change.”
Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Laureate
"I send my very best wishes to all of you as you continue your important work in support of peace, justice and equality for all. Your credibility is well established and your voice is more important than ever in a world of increasing inequalities, continued injustices, and emerging conflicts. I believe as you do in the mobilization of civil society actors who exercise their fundamental right to participate in their own governance.”
The Honorable Louise Arbour
“I have great regard for the World Federalist Movement's efforts to advance international justice, human rights, peace and security, the freedom of expression, and sustainable development around the world. “