World Federalist Movement - Institute for Global Policy
The World Federalist Movement–Institute for Global Policy (WFM-IGP) works to advance the global promise of peace and is committed to building a safer and more just world. WFM-IGP includes a comprehensive set of programs that work to protect civilians from the threat of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity; facilitate transparency in governance; increase access to justice; and promote the application of the rule of law. We work in partnership with the United Nations, governments, and other international and regional institutions around the globe—as well as with thousands of committed individuals and world leaders—to advance a mission of peace, prosperity, and security for all.
History of the Movement
The World Federalist Movement evolved out of a series of national organizations and efforts that started in the 1930s as a response to the failure of the
The groups started working independently of each other, publishing newsletters and pushing for reform and monitoring of the newly formed United Nations. By 1947 these independent groups recognized the need for unity in their movement if they were to achieve unity in the world. They agreed to meet in
On August 17th 1947, more than 300 participants representing 51 organizations and numerous observers gathered in Montreux for the opening of the first 'Conference of the World Movement for World Federal Government'. Max Habicht opened the meeting and declared that as Federalists they wanted a world government that 'will create the Parliament of Man, in which the representatives of the people of the world will make world laws by majority vote'. Mr. Habicht described the Covenant of the
The Founding meeting concluded with the adoption of the 'Montreux Declaration; The Principles for World Federal Government'