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Exciting new future announced for the Wales for Africa programme

We are delighted to announce that Cat Jones has been appointed as the Head of the new Wales Africa Partnership, starting in April.
The Partnership is to be funded for three years by the Welsh Government’s Wales for Africa programme, following a successful bid led by the WCIA. It brings together the WCIA and four of Wales’ leading international and volunteering networks – Fair Trade Wales, Wales for Africa Health Links Network, Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel and Wales Council for Voluntary Action – into one new and exciting programme. Our collective aim is to engage a wide variety of individuals and organisations in work that is mutually beneficial to Wales and Africa – including linking programmes, events, campaigns, volunteer support and advocacy work.
We will launching the Partnership with a public event in May. A new £180,000 combined grants scheme will then be launched in June, enabling groups throughout Wales to access funding for small-scale Wales-Africa projects. We’ll also be seeking the views of key stakeholders as we develop a full Partnership Strategy from April onwards.
Originally from Llandeilo and a native Welsh speaker, Cat Jones has been working in the field of humanitarian relief and development, with an emphasis on human rights and the rights of girls and women, for the last 15 years. 
See for more details.

The WCIA will shortly be recruiting a Communications, Media and Events Coordinator and a Public Engagement and Volunteering Officer for the Wales Africa Partnership. Please visit from next week for further


For the love of .... what are you afraid of losing?

Whilst Valentine's day 2015, the focus of the Climate Coalition green heart campaign, might be over, its For the love of  campaign continues. In association with Stop Climate Chaos Wales, the campaign's message is' let’s act on climate change, for the love of everything we hold dear'.

This December in Paris, the UN Climate Change Conference will determine international climate change policy and seek to achieve universal consensus on mobilising global climate action through the UN. In support of its aim for worldwide agreement, the UN has arranged a series of climate change talks and meetings throughout 2015.

For the love of campaign's purpose is to let the politicians and world leaders attending these sessions know that we all care about climate change because it affects the things that we love most.

Help the campaign to keep up momentum by sharing what you love here. A Speak up for the love of lobby is planned for June. Find out more about the campaign and its activities here.

One such activity is a film-making project Close up on Climate that asks children and young people around the UK to make their own short films showing why fighting climate change matters. Films need only be 2 to 3 minutes long and can be in Welsh, English or use both languages. The most inspiring films will feature in the Coalition's campaign and there are plans for an exciting Close-up on Climate event later this year where the best films will be shown. Climate change teaching resources are available from Oxfam Cymru.

'Fair Trade for All' : WCIA/Hub bookclub

To mark Fairtrade Fortnight  (23rd February to 8 March 2015), the next WCIA/Hub book club on 3rd March has a fair trade theme. Join Manon Defis of the WCIA and Dan Jones of the Hub to discuss Stiglitz and Charlton's: Fair Trade For All at  6pm at Chapter Arts Centre

This controversial book examines the question: could poorer countries of the world be helped to help themselves through freer, fairer trade? Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and Andrew Charlton put forward a radical new solution to the problems of world trade, a solution that aims to restore balance to the trading relationships between the richest and the poorest countries.

Comments on Fair Trade for All:

'This is a really important book.' - David Vines, Prof. of Economics at Oxford University

'We are stuck with a global economic system that doesn't work for half the world. Stiglitz and Charlton propose a plan to embrace the other half, to move to a future of shared benefits and shared responsibilities.' - Bill Clinton

If you'd like to join Manon, from the WCIA, and Dan, from the Hub, email us. If you can't make it in person, participate online by going to WCIA Voices.

You can find a copy of the book in your local library on or buy one via an online search of local bookshops.

Election Hustings: What in the world do you care about?

Six candidates battling for Welsh seats will come together for an internationally focused Hustings event from 6pm on Wednesday 15th April at the Temple of Peace, chaired by Human Rights and Environmental Law Barrister, Gwion Lewis.

To date the following candidates have confirmed their attendance: Pippa Bartolotti, Wales Green Party leader and candidate for Newport West, Stephen Doughty, Labour candidate for Cardiff South & Penarth, Richard Hopkin, Conservative candidate for Cardiff Central and Ian Johnson Plaid Cymru candidate for the Vale of Glamorgan. Register here.
Voters will be able to ask questions of candidates and invited to vote beforehand via Twitter upon which burning issues should form part of  the debate.

Have your say! Submit your questions and join the debate via Twitter at @WCIA-Wales or send them to

An audience with Sir Jeremy Greenstock

The former UK Ambassador to the United Nations and Chair of UNA-UK, Sir Jeremy Greenstock is to address Cardiff Business Club on 12 March at a free public talk to be held at the St David’s Hotel, Cardiff Bay from 7 to 8 pm. All are welcome to attend. The talk is followed by dinner for which there is a charge and  for which registration is required. He is an incredibly engaging speaker and given his career, as outlined below, will have much to talk about!

Prior to this, Sir Jeremy will meet students of Cardiff University's Politics and International Relations department. Undergraduates are competing for the opportunity to question the former ambassador and three students will be selected to put their questions to Sir Jeremy in what promises to be an interesting and lively exchange.

Sir Jeremy has been Chairman of the UNA-UK Board of Directors since February 2011. He joined the Diplomatic Service in 1969 and served until 2004 in the British Embassies in Dubai, Washington DC, Saudi Arabia and Paris. He was British Ambassador to the United Nations from 1998 to 2003, attending over 150 meetings of the UN Security Council and serving as Chairman of the Security Council's Counter-Terrorism Committee from October 2001 to April 2003. From September 2003 to March 2004, Sir Jeremy served as the UK's Special Representative for Iraq. He is currently a Trustee of the International Rescue Committee (UK), a Non-Executive Director of De La Rue plc and of Lambert Energy Advisory.

Ban Ki-moon: Equality for women means progress for all

International Women's Day is on 8th March and this year's theme emphasises 'how gender equality, empowerment of women, women’s full enjoyment of human rights and the eradication of poverty are essential to economic and social development.' 

Issues relating to gender equality and women’s rights are the subject of  the annual UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) to be held in New York shortly after from 10th to 21st March . This year's CSW  will focus specifically on the “Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls”.
Meanwhile Women Making a Difference have organised the Annual Welsh Women's Summit on 8 March from to 3 pm at the Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 

Make it Happen! on 4th March is an International Women's day free event at the Temple of Peace from 9.30 am to 1pm, organised by Valley and Vale Community Arts in association with the WCIA and others. It will be a celebratory event with inspiring groups from Kenya, Ethiopia, Bridgend and Bristol who are working to improve the rights of women in their communities and will include an Ethiopian coffee ceremony. All are welcome. Click here for a larger poster.

'Wales for Peace' project is recruiting

The Wales for Peace project is now seeking applications for 2 new roles, that of Learning Coordinator and of Finance and Volunteering Administrator. Full details, application forms and job packs can be found here.

Interested? Then don't delay. The closing dates for applications are 16th and 18th March respectively.

In April the project plans to recruit 2 Community Coordinators to support local activities across North and South Wales. Further details will be posted at vacancies nearer the time.

In addition there are a range of Wales-wide volunteering and placement opportunities available with the project. Please visit Wales for Peace volunteers for details.

Wales for Peace is a partnership between 10 of Wales’ leading organisations, headed by the Welsh Centre for International Affairs and funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund. Find out more about the project here.


Young Voices

CEWC is starting a new and exciting 'Young Voices' blog for secondary school and college students to write about all sorts of different internationally-focused topics from Climate Change and the Environment to Ethical Consumer Choices, Peace and Conflict to Poverty and Women's Rights. Their articles will be published for the world to see on our blog!  Are your students interested in international issues? Are they looking for opportunities to communicate to a wider audience? If you have interested students or want more information, please email 

Win tickets to Wales v Ireland! 
Size of Wales is giving away 2 pairs of hospitality tickets to the Wales v Ireland game at the Millennium Stadium. Help protect rainforests and be in with a chance of winning - get your raffle ticket here

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Our events

WCIA/Hub Bookclub

Join Manon Defis of the WCIA and Dan James Jones of the Hub at Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff on 3rd March at 6 pm to discuss Fair Trade for All.
Email Dan if you plan to attend. 
If you can't make it in person, participate online by going to WCIA Voices.

Make it Happen!

International Women's Day event in association with Vale and Valley Community Arts and others
4 March, 9.30am -1pm
Temple of Peace
Click here for poster
Telephone 01656 729246 for more information 

General Election Hustings: What in the world do you care about?

15 April
at 6pm
Temple of Peace

Register here

Submit your questions via Twitter
to @WCIA_Wales
or by e-mail to

Model United Nations 2015 Conferences

 2 March in Carmarthen
12 March in Barry
17 March in Caernarfon
18 March in Mold
20 March in Cardiff
25 March in Swansea

More information

Europe and the Rise of the Right

with Eluned Parrott AM, Wayne David MP and Andrew RT Davies AM
Chair: David Hughes of the European Commission.
25 February at 7pm
Temple of Peace
UNA Cardiff & District branch/UNA Wales

Register here

An audience with Sir Jeremy Greenstock

12 March at 7pm
St. David's Hotel, Cardiff Bay
Cardiff Business Club/UNA Wales/UNA-UK
The United Nations in a Changing World: Transformation and Reform in the 21st Century

25 February at 6 pm
Public Lecture by Colonel (Dr) Brendan O’Shea
Main Arts lecture Theatre, Bangor University
UNA Menai branch/Bangor University

Other dates for your diary

Fairtrade Fortnight  23 February - 8 March

Concerning Violence
followed by workshop

Wales African Film Festival
Chapter Arts Centre
February 28 at 6.15 pm

Annual Welsh Women's Summit

Women Making a Difference
Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay
March 8, 10 am to 3 pm


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