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Successful Summit 

Inspirational and powerful key speeches were the order of the day at the International Summit, which was held on a bright March day at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

“It was a vibrant and engaging event" said Assistant Chief Executive of the WCIA, Susie Ventris-Field who attended the event:  "With around 330 delegates it gave a range of organisations a chance to come together to discuss the unique and developing international development scene in Wales.” 

First Minister Carwyn Jones talked passionately about Wales’ contribution to Africa. He also spoke in support of LGBT and human rights issues. Power was the key theme in the CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund. Theo Sowa's, message. She argued that power lies in us all and added that poverty should not be equated with a lack of power. Baroness Glenys Kinnock championed workers' rights and how to fight inequalities at work.  

Access resources from the 14 different workshops held at the event via the Hub's Summit Resources page. Relive the debates on twitter #W4A2014.

Climate change event

This month saw the release of a major UN report into the effects of Climate Change into what it describes as “catastrophic” changes to the world climate. It added: “Some of the poorest communities in the poorest countries in the world are going to be the worst hit." Oxfam explains the highlights of the report in a blog. 

With the climate change threat, it is an important time to discuss these issues for Wales and Africa.The Africa - Wales: Climate Change conference in Machynlleth took place on 4 April. Speakers explained the science behind Climate Change and explored the potential for mitigation measures. The WCIA partnered the event, which illustrated climate change through theatre and puppetry. Find out more.

Free & Equal campaign

The Free and Equal Campaign is the UN’s global public education campaign to raise awareness of and respect for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. UNA’s Wales will be promoting this campaign over the coming months.

LGBT equality has had a roller-coaster ride for the last few months, with huge steps forward such as marriage equality in New Zealand, contrasted with bad news such as attacks on a gay pride parade in Montenegro

To learn more on this campaign visit the campaigns website and our blog. A campaigns event will be held later in the year. 

Never Again

7 April marked the 20 year anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, when a fierce attack on the Tutsi minority ethnic group began under the cover of war. In a matter of weeks 800,000 men, women, and children perished in the Rwandan genocide, up to three quarters of the entire Tutsi population.

The Responsibility to Protect (R2P) was born out of events like the Rwanda Genocide, it aimed to cease such atrocities by ensuring the state and international community’s ability to protect civilians from gross violations of human rights. 

UNA-UK are campaigning for the UK government to meet its R2P responsibilities, robustly implementing the R2P principles and prevent mass atrocity crimes like the Rwandan Genocide taking place in the future. You can contribute to this campaign by signing the letter addressed to Mark Simmonds MP, Minister for Conflict Issues at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

European Ballot Fever

As the European Elections draw closer there are a number of events across Wales.

March saw discussions take place in Swansea "Wales’ cultural life has been enriched by European immigrants" and “European Parliament Elections”.

Discussions continue into April and May with “What has the European Commission ever done for us?” at Cardiff University and “Europe, What's the point?” at Bangor University. Learn all about the European Elections or make your voice heard and check out events near you with our events calendar.
14 May 2014, 5.30-8.00pm, Reichel Building, Bangor. Register here.

Peace Garderner Group, UNA Exchange
Every Wednesday, 3.00pm-5.30pm, Garden of Peace, Temple of Peace
Email or phone for more information - 02920223088. 

Other dates for your diary

The changing face of International Peacekeeping
28 April, 10.00am -1.00pm, UNA Menai
Room 108, Bangor University.

Wales, the World and Europe EU Hustings
6 May, 7.30pm, Highfields Church, Mortimer Road, Cardiff. 

The Current state of Syria 
3 June, 7:00-9:00pm, Temple of Peace, UNA Cardiff.

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

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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