WFM-Institute for Global Policy Releases 2011-12 Annual Report
World Federalist Movement-Institute for Global Policy
10 April 2013
WFM-IGP celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2012, and the past two years have been as important and successful as ever. The momentous events in the Middle East and North Africa that began in Tunisia and spread across the region presented an enormous opportunity for the advancement of human rights and international justice. As events rapidly unfolded in Egypt, Libya, Syria, and elsewhere, WFM-IGP mobilized partners in the region and around the world to monitor developments and advocate for positive change that would advance peace and justice. When the UN Security Council unanimously referred the situation in Libya to the International Criminal Court (ICC) while also invoking the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) norm with regards to the crisis, it provided an important demonstration of how both the ICC and the RtoP norm are increasingly significant and powerful instruments for securing peace and justice and protecting civilians.
Although we had many successes in 2011-12, we also faced a number of challenges to the promotion of peace and justice, many of which have been amplified by the ongoing financial crisis. A prime example was the call by some governments to make severe reductions to the ICC’s budget, even as the court’s activities continue to increase. There are inefficiencies in the system that need to be addressed, such as reducing the length of trials; however, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that when we consider the billions of dollars spent each year on peace keeping, the ICC is a wise investment and one of the least costly of all the conflict prevention mechanisms.
The economic conditions that have caused some governments to call for funding cuts for international institutions have also had a devastating impact on civil society. Reductions in funding have forced many NGOs working toward peace and justice to cut back at a time when the work of these organizations—WFM-IGP and its members included—is needed more than ever. This reluctance to fund international peace and justice work cannot continue if we hope to achieve lasting peace to pass on to future generations. Governments, philanthropic leaders, and individuals around the world must step up to ensure funding for civil society so that these organizations can continue their essential work promoting and protecting human rights, peace, and justice.
As we look ahead, we expect new challenges to arise, but we are also optimistic that there will be new opportunities for advancing peace, justice, and security. I would like to thank our members, staff, donors, and all of our partners for their strong support. We hope you will join us in celebrating our successes to date and in working together in our efforts to surround war with justice, democratic institutions and hope for a better future. (…)
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