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Lively debate at Temple of Peace

Cardiff’s Temple of Peace played host to four leading journalists in a debate on the media’s coverage of global news.
The ‘Small World’ debate, co-hosted by the WCIA and Cardiff University’s School of Journalism (JOMEC), included a panel of both print and broadcast journalists.
Lindsey Hilsum, International Editor for Channel 4 News and Jonathan Levy, Director of News-gathering and Operations at Sky News represented broadcast, while for print there was Sean Ryan, Associate Editor at the Sunday Times and Martin Shipton, Chief Reporter at Media Wales.
The event was chaired by former Director of the BBC World Service Richard Sambrook who is now Director of the Centre of Journalism at Cardiff School of Journalism.

Joe Smith, 26, a journalism student at Cardiff University attended the event. He said: “It was a fantastic night and really inspiring to see some masters of the craft speak about industry in a very personal way. Really enjoyed it and even better than that, it is free.”
When asked why she was involved in the event Lindsey Hilsum said: “Because I think it's important that people understand how journalism works in the real world.
“I find that non-journalists and academics who have never been journalists often theorise with no understanding of the day to day pressures of time, money, visas, logistics and all the ordinary constraints of our lives.”

Read more and see the photos.

A message from the team

Happy holidays from the WCIA! After a busy year, the WCIA will be closed from December 24-January 4. We hope you have a fantastic holiday and look forward to seeing you in 2016. 

Wales for peace

In November last year, the Wales for Peace project set out to explore how Wales has contributed to the search for Peace in the last 100 years since the First World War. Find out more about their full story.  

Multi-national performance in Newport

On 12 November, Gen Verde, a group of 21 women from 13 different countries performed in Newport as part of their 11 week tour of Britain.
Gen Verde is committed to Focolare, a movement for peace and unity. Leading up to the concert on 12 November, the Gen Verde ladies led workshops across Wales.
West Monmouth and St. Albans Roman Catholic schools, both from Pontypool, attended the concert, which is featured on Radio Wales’s BBC iPlayer.

Friends of the Earth Cymru – Environmental Policies

Friends of the Earth Cymru have launched a small questionnaire inviting the people of Wales to have their say on the environmental and sustainability issues that matter most to them.
Friends of the Earth Cymru have asked parties to include policies in their manifestos on key environmental issues. The data gathered from the survey will be used to influence political parties, and ultimately the next Welsh government, to make solid promises and positive changes to make Wales fit for future generations.
Click here to take the survey, which takes around 10-15 minutes.


Wales School Debating Championships

On 4 December, the final of the annual Wales School Debating Championships took place.
In the final, Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg and St. John the Baptist CIW High School, debated the motion: “This house believes that global goals are an indispensible tool for ending poverty.”
Adjudicator Susie Ventris-Field said: “The winner Ysgol Gyfun Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg, runner up St. John the Baptist CIW High School and all those who took part in the competition performed fantastically to produce an exciting and engaging debate.“

Wales at Climate Change talks

Representatives from the Size of Wales and other Welsh charities attended the annual UN Climate Change Conference (COP21) earlier this month.
The Size of Wales team kept their supporters up to date with the conference through their social media pages.
Watch this space for more information on the trip.

Sustainable Development Goals competition

Global Learning Programme Wales launched a Sustainable Development Goals competition on 1 December.
The competition asks pupils to create a poster, short film or animation to raise awareness of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which aim to tackle the social, economic and environmental problems facing the world by 2030.
The competition aims to help people in Wales find out more about the UN’s SDGs and to raise awareness of the goals.

The closing date is 5pm on 26 February and the winning entries will be displayed around Wales and on the Global Learning Programme website. Click here to find out more details. 


Our events

WCIA New Year Forum, 19 January, Council Chamber, Temple of Peace, Cardiff, 1.00-5.00pm, Register. #WCIANewYEarForum

Climate Change and Wales, 27 January, Marble Hall, Temple of Peace, Cardiff, time TBC, Register. #ClimateChangeWales

Head of Oxfam GB, Mark Goldring, Marble Hall, Temple of Peace, Cardiff, More to follow soon. #MarkGoldringTalk. 

Remembering for Peace Exhibition
16 January – 16 April 2016
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
The Welsh National Book of Remembrance holds the names of 35,000 Welsh men and women who died in the First World War. The War left families and communities across Wales bereaved and shaken, and with a determination to remember this lost generation.
This exhibition tells the story of this Book – a work of art in itself - and explores some of the lives of some of the victims of war listed within. And for all viewers it poses a question – in the hundred years since the First World War, how has Wales contributed to the search for peace?
Twitter: #RememberingforPeace
‘Remembering for Peace’ Exhibition Launch
30 January 2016
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
10.00-15.00 Open day for community groups and volunteers. Guided tours, a chance to take part in the 'digital act of remembrance' and help us transcribe the names from the Book, and how the local history of this period can be researched and digitally stored for years to come. Help us collect the stories that relate to the names in the Book, and take part in a 'wikipedia editathon' on the theme of 'conscientious objection' so that those who felt they could not take up arms are remembered as well.

15.00-16.00 Reception with project partners. A thank you to volunteers who are ‘bringing back the Book of Remembrance’ - and to formally open the Remembering for Peace exhibition - speakers will include the Heritage Lottery Fund, National Library, European Commission in Wales, and Welsh Government.

To register interest in the event, please contact

Our training and CPD

Working with Communities: Strengths and Challenges, Hub Cymru Africa, 14 February, the Mount Centre, Carmarthen, Register. 

Logistics and Safety for Visits to Africa, Hub Cymru Africa, 19 January, the Environment Centre, Swansea, Register. 

Other dates for your diary

Networking Lunch, Sustain Wales, 6 January, Mount Stuart Square, Cardiff. More information.

Blueprint for Change, Oxfam Cymru, 13 January, Preseli Room, Wales Millennium Centre, More information. 

Event resources

Mock Cop, 16 November in partnership with Size of Wales. Photos and social media.

Media workshop and debate, 3 December in partnership with Cardiff School of Journalism. Photos, social media, workshop tips, event report. 

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