For three decades Lois Wilson has traveled widely and worked on global issues with partners in Asia, Latin America, India, the Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. She was appointed by Prime as a board member of the Canadian Institute for Peace and Security and served as Canada’s Special Envoy to the Sudan from 1999-200. She was a member of the Panel to Assess the Environmental Impact of Disposal of Nuclear Waste and of the Refugee Status Advisory Committee. She worked as Chair of the International affairs Committee of the World Council of Churches from 1983-1990 and was a founding member of the Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights.

Ms. Wilson was awarded honorary degrees from twelve Canadian and American Universities, as well as the United Nations (Canada) Pearson Peace Medal and the World Federalist Peace Prize. She was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2003, the highest civilian honor Canada has to offer. She is currently serving as the President of WFM.

Sir Peter Ustinov served as President of WFM from 1991 until his death in March 2004. Lois Wilson, then Vice-President, served as Acting President until the 2007 Congress.

Known mostly for his work as an actor, writer and playwright and as one of the world’s most enjoyable entertainers, Sir Peter was also a great humanitarian. Regarded as the dean of the UN Goodwill Ambassadors, Sir Peter believed in democratic political and economic unification as the most important means to reduce war and misery, and to promote freedom and justice.

“Sir Peter met hundreds of world leaders, using his inimitable sense of humor to invoke laughter and, almost always, wisdom,” said William R. Pace, WFM Executive Director. “Sir Peter and Saint Peter are enjoying a good joke right now.”

“With the end of the Cold War it is only a matter of time before the institutions of law and justice replaced anarchy, war and brute power.”

Sir Peter joined the World Federalists in the UK in the 1950’s and became WFM international President in 1991. With the end of the Cold War, he believed, it was only a matter of time before the institutions of law and justice replaced anarchy, war and brute power.

Sir Peter was also a great supporter of European unity and federation, writing hundreds of articles and columns for European newspapers on public and political matters. He was a philosophical as much as a political world federalist, believing it to be the political system most capable of promoting diversity and unity, freedom and justice.

Sir Peter was deeply committed to WFM’s leadership role in the organization of the NGO Coalition for the International Criminal Court, a project he believed to be the greatest achievement of the peace movement. He strongly supported WFM’s leading role in convening the Hague Appeal for Peace Conference in 1999, and in its programs to democratize and strengthen the United Nations.

“He was a phenomenally busy man with enough careers for a dozen other men.”

Wheelchair bound for several years, Sir Peter attended the 2003 WFM Council meetings in Copenhagen and spoke at the Danish Parliament. He was, as his agent said, a phenomenally busy man with enough careers for a dozen other men. He will be missed for his vision, tenacity and infallible sense of humor.

“We will miss Sir Peter terribly. The world was truly a better place because of him. Tears of sadness and laughter fill our eyes as we remember him,” added Pace.

Sir Peter strongly believed that “World Government is not only possible, it is inevitable; and when it comes, it will appeal to patriotism in its truest, in its only sense, the patriotism of men who love their national heritages so deeply that they wish to preserve them in safety for the common good.”