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NATO Summit Wales 2014

The Celtic Manor, Newport, will host the 2014 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Summit on September 4-5.

Much of the media coverage about the conference so far has focused on a debate about the benefits and disruptions to Wales, with the Welsh and UK Governments emphasising the Summit as an opportunity for Wales while others criticise the cost and disruption.

In a statement on the Welsh Government website, First Minister Carwyn Jones said: “The NATO Summit in Newport will be the largest international event ever staged in Wales. Wales will be featured in the world’s media for several days which will give it global exposure that it has rarely had before.”

But those who question the benefits to Wales cite missed opportunities when the Ryder Cup was hosted by Celtic Manor.  And a quick search for ‘NATO’ on Twitter shows the frustrations of many commuters and businesses with lane and road closures already causing delays 2 weeks before the Summit.

However, the emphasis on the disruptions perhaps misses the wider debate about the role of NATO itself. 

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The drugs debate 

The rumblings of change in drug policies continue across the globe, with many calling for more legalisation. While there are many problems with the current ‘war on drugs’, is the alternative more damaging?

This is the debate which will be hosted at the Temple of Peace in October, ‘Should drugs be legalised’ ,with British psychiatrist and neuropsychopharmacologist,  Professor Nutt of drugscience. Professor Nutt specialises in the research of drugs that affect the brain. 

Bring me Peace

This month tensions between the Palestinian state of Gaza and Israel have risen to extraordinary new levels.  But a # campaign on Twitter to promote the coexistence of Jews and Arabs has gone viral.

The campaign – called "#Jews and Arabs refuse to be enemies" –was propelled by a photo taken by Arab-American journalist Sulome Anderson, kissing her Jewish boyfriend, Jeremy, posted on Twitter, which promoted others, Jewish and Arab friends and couples from across the globe, to do the same.  

Read more here

Here in Wales, promoting peace through poetry was one of the events of the Temple of Peace 75 birthday celebrations last year, through a competition asking the question ‘what does peace mean to me?'

According to the most famous of all welsh poets Dylan Thomas  “Poetry is what in a poem that makes you laugh cry prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this that or nothing”. 

You can read all the entries from the competition through this link.


 

Wales for Africa Grant

The Welsh Government is seeking applications from third sector organisations (either individually or preferably in collaboration) to deliver key Wales for Africa projects for a three year period from April 2015. The grant will deliver a programme of work built around the following principles:
 
- Building effective links between Wales and developing countries in Sub Saharan Africa by facilitating the transfer and exchange of knowledge, skills and expertise to and from where they are needed most in the world.

- Ensuring that any actions undertaken are mutually beneficial to both Wales and the country in sub Saharan Africa.

- Ensuring that sustainable development is at the core of all work undertaken; complementing UK government international sustainable development policy and the work of the major agencies.

- Reflecting the concerns and connections of the people and communities of Wales in international development.

- Using public procurement and support to business as a proactive tool for supporting poverty alleviation.

- Delivering the Millennium Development Goals and aligning with the Post 2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Please see application form and guidance on the Welsh Government website.
 

Get lost in Wales

Maize, isn't often associated with fun and rainforests, but an ambitious project by a  Welsh Farm and the charity Size of Wales is about to change that.

A maize maze in the shape of Wales is open at Hendrewennol Fruit Garden and is thought to be the largest map of Wales ever created.

Through getting lost in its paths people can get a sense of the scale of the project run by Size of Wales which aims to protect an area of rainforest the size of our nation. 

"It’s brilliant to see the whole of Wales in maize form" states Claire Raisin, Director of Size of Wales

To visit the farm please see their website.

Find out more about the project here.

New faces at
the WCIA

The summer brings exciting new arrivals for the WCIA, as Manon  Defis and Dan James join the team.

Dan who has volunteered with WCIA for the last 6 months will be the Wales International Development Hub’s Communication Officer.  

“I’m only a few weeks into the role but really settling in. Since studying international relations at university, I’m now fascinated by international development so being a part of it gets me out of bed in the morning."

Manon takes on the role as WCIA Education & Events Coordinator: “I’m really excited about coordinating the programme of educational and public events this autumn. I’ve worked as a teacher, and an intern at Christian Aid, so can see the value these kinds of activities and events bring.” 

We wish them well in their new roles.

Our events

Should drugs be legalised? A debate with Professor David Nutt
Temple of Peace, Cardiff

WCIA Anniversary Lecture with Baroness Valerie Amos
12 November, Temple of Peace, Cardiff

Are we there yet? LGBT rights in Wales and the World
7.00-9.00pm 26 November, Temple of Peace, Register here

Wales Schools Debating Championship 

Our annual tournament takes place from October to November and is open to every secondary school and college in Wales

Debate Training Days

North Wales  - Monday 15 September - Bangor University
South Wales  - Friday 19 September - Cardiff University
Register here.

Regional Rounds dates can be found here

The Quarter and Semi finals followed by the Grand Final will take place in November.
Register here

Other dates for your diary

March against NATO, August 30, 1pm – 5pm,
Newport, Civic Centre Btm Car Park (NE-bound, Unmarked), Allt-yr-Yn, United Kingdom 

Counter Summit Conference,  August 31, 10:00am – 5:30pm,
Cardiff County Council, Coleridge Road, Cardiff, United Kingdom 

NATO after the Wales Summit, 02 September 2014
9.00 - 21.00, Cardiff. 

Newport Alternative Summit, September 2, 10am – 5pm,
Pillgwenlly Millennium Centre, Courtybella Terrace, Newport, United Kingdom

NATO: A credible security provider?
A debate held a day before the summit organised  by European Forum
Wednesday September 3, 13.00 to 18.30, Cardiff Marriott Hotel, Cardiff 
Register here.

Michael Mann: Cabot Institute Lecture: The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars
23rd September 2014, 18.00-19.15, The Victoria Rooms, Bristol
Book here for tickets

Francis Fukuyama: Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalisation of Democracy
23rd September 2014, 19.30-20.30, Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol.
Book here for tickets.

Handling Conflict: A Weekend Workshop / Alternatives to Violence Project
3 - 5 October Cardiff Meeting House

WACL Gold Star Event, 
04 December 2014 8.00 - 17.00.

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