World Federalist Movement – Canada
2021 World Peace Award
Honouring Gen. (Ret.) John de Chastelain,
“for his commitment to peace in Northern Ireland”
Wednesday, April 28, 2021, 6:30 pm EDT
Additional speakers will include:
- Rev. Karen Hamilton, Executive Chair, World Federalist Movement – Canada (WFMC)
- Prof. Walter Dorn, WFMC National President
- Dr. Eamonn McKee, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada
- Monique Cuillerier, WFMC Membership and Communications Director
From 1997 to 2011 General de Chastelain served as Chair of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD). The establishment of the Commission was a vital development in the successful negotiation of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. The Commission facilitated the decommissioning of arms in the possession of paramilitary groups and reported to the parties to the Good Friday Agreement, a process that lasted until March 2011.
General de Chastelain’s career highlights also include service as Deputy Chief of Staff of the United Nations Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and Commander of the Canadian contingent there; as Commandant of the Royal Military College of Canada; as Ambassador of Canada to the United States (1993 – 94); and as Chief of Defence Staff (1989 – 93 and 1994 – 95).
WFMC is a national membership organization supporting the application of the principles of federalism to world affairs in order to strengthen global governance and the rule of law. The organization is active on issues such as Canada and peacekeeping, the International Criminal Court and strengthening the United Nations, among others. The WFMC World Peace Award has been presented annually or every second year since 1972. A list of previous recipients is available here.