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Europe result

Last Month, many citizens of the 28 EU member state's favored far-right parties during the European Parliament elections.

The WCIA event, Europe: What's the Point? debated the issues ahead of the elections. 

The event, at Bangor University, on 14 May, saw three top speakers arguing the case for and against membership and reform of the EU. 

It was a new format for our events, involving a round table discussion before and after each speaker, with plenty of time for questions and answers.

"It received praise from participants and there was much more interaction between speakers and audience" said Chris Thompson, who organised the event on behalf of the WCIA.

A big thank you to Bangor University, event partners, and the European Commission in Wales who supported the event.  

Please click the links to view the photos and a social media coverage from the event. 

Free courses for teachers

Registration is now open for free Connecting Classrooms courses taking place across Wales in July. 

The day and half-day long courses will explore the opportunities and benefits of global citizenship and provide sources to support the integration of global citizenship and international work in their schools. 

To learn more on this opportunity and to register please click here.

2014 debating opens

The Wales Schools Debating Championship registrations are now open through the CEWC website.

Congratulations Cardiff!

Cardiff has been officially recognised as a city of sanctuary, joining Swansea as the 2nd Welsh City to do so.

The City of Sanctuary is a national movement of local people, community groups, businesses and institutions united in a common wish to turn their city into a welcoming place for people seeking sanctuary from war or persecution. Cardiff's journey of recognition has taken two years. 

"This historic decision sends out a message of hope and optimism, welcome and inclusion at a time when people need it most,"  said Jim Stewart of the Cardiff City of sanctuary team.

A recognition event will be taking place during Refugee Week on Saturday the 21 June  at 11:00am at the National Museum Cardiff in Cathays Park.

Missing millions

The #Bring back our girls campaign got the attention of the international press in April when over 200 girls were abducted from their school in Nigeria.

This news story is one example of the gender discrimination which still affects millions across the globe, argued to be due to access to health facilities and  the culture of ‘boy preference’ found in many parts of the world. Some estimate the number of missing women to be equal to the population size of the Philippines.

One of our volunteers has written a blog to highlight the issues surrounding the discrepancies between genders. 

Events Galore! 

As some are winding down for the (hopefully) sizzling summer season. The event calendar in Wales is full to busting. 

On Wednesday 13 August to celebrate the UN Year of Family Farming, UNA Wales will be at the Vale of Glamorgan Show spreading the word and hopefully gathering new members.  Be sure to pop in to say hello if you are going to be there and test your UN knowledge by entering our UN themed quiz.  There will be sweets for prizes!

Welsh political novel, A Welsh Dawn (Y Lolfa) will be formally launched in July, and the Temple of Peace has a staring role! It looks at the political landscape in the 50's and traces origins of constitutional devolution in Wales. For more information please click here.

Please see the sidebar for other interesting events across the nation.
Our events
UN Free and Equal Event with Peter Tatchell
26 November, Temple of Peace

Other dates for your diary

Cardiff City of Sanctuary Official Launch
21 June 2014, 11.00 - 2.00pm The National Museum of Wales

New Scramble for Africa - Debate with World Development Movement 
23 June, 6:00-8:00pm, Temple of Peace, SSAP.

Swansea Bay Community Links consultative meeting
June 25, 10.00am-1.00pm at Friends House , corner of St Helen's Rd and Page St, Swansea

UN Forum 2014
28 June, Central Hall Westminster
Open to everyone. Discounts for UNA members. 

Wales for Africa Health Links Annual Conference.
2nd July Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod
8-12 July Llangollen

International Youth Summer School for Young Leaders
12-24 July, Atlantic College, deadline 1 May 2014.

Weekly meeting in Bangor Management Centre, LA CORUNA Discussion Group, 3.30pm-6.00pm. Email Mike for more information.

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