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Party for restored peace garden

The 40th birthday of UNA Exchange and the 25th of the National Garden of Peace was celebrated in style in August after a work camp of international volunteers restored the garden, then held a garden party.  

The volunteers spent two weeks trimming and cutting, re-edging paths and polishing plaques, before inviting guests to enjoy the results of their hard work.  Guests tried their hands at origami and calligraphy, hung their wishes for peace from a tree, played games, had faces painted and sampled international foods.  

Marina Weihgold, a volunteer from Germany, joined the work camp because:  "...it's a good chance to meet new people and know something about other cultures." Alejandro Juarez from Spain said:  "I hope the garden with be used more by people - they can enjoy, sit and rest".    

The National Garden of Peace, which is under the care of the WCIA, was opened on the 50th anniversary of the Temple of Peace.  Many of the trees and shrubs have been donated in memory of special people or events and the garden is also home to a number of commemorative plaques and monuments.  

Visitors are welcome at any time. Get in touch if you'd like to volunteer to help keep the garden in shape.  


Over £200 raised at Syria Event

Friends and members of the WCIA raised over £200 in July at an event about the Syrian humanitarian crisis.  

Camilla Jelbart Mosse, from Oxfam, and Dr Sameh Otri, from Welsh Solidarity for Syria and Cardiff University, spoke about conditions in refugee camps and the challenges facing Syrians seeking sanctuary.    

Find out more about the crisis and our speakers views.  The donations have been split between Oxfam's Syria Crisis Appeal and Syria Relief.  The WCIA, Oxfam, UNA Cardiff & District and Cardiff University organised the event. 

In other news, The WCIA's Peace75 competition is in full swing, with entries from all over Wales.  The deadline is October 15 so there's still time to enter and tell us what peace means to you in 75 words or 75 seconds. Entries will be exhibited at the Peace75 festival in November. 

Teachers in Wales going global

61 Primary, Secondary & Further Education teachers attended 6 free Connecting Classrooms courses about Intercultural Practice & Global Citizenship, in Swansea, Cardiff and Conwy in June & July 2013.

One teacher said there were "...excellent ideas to enable us to build links with partnership schools."

CEWC is the British Council’s partner in Wales for Connecting Classrooms Professional Development. More course dates in Wales will be released soon.

John Simpson shares views on China

UNA Wales joined a Twitter conversation with John Simpson as he shared his views about China.

John Simpson has recently interviewed China’s Foreign Military Spokesman, Hong Lei.  He discussed the interview and China’s domestic and foreign policies.

UNA Intern, Rebecca Dunn, asked about the impact of Chinese investment in Africa:  “Good for Africa to get Chinese Investment.  Bad for corruption, ecology & encouragement of despots,” John Simpson responded.  See the full Q&A.

In other news, at the National Eisteddfod in Denbigh, August 3-10, enthusiastic members of the UNA Menai Branch joined forces with CND Cymru and the Fellowship of Reconciliation to run a peace stand.  The stand welcomed visitors throughout the week to discuss UNA matters with branch members and to pick up bilingual literature about UNA aims and activities. 


Wales has its say in Beyond 2015

Shadow Secretary of State for International Development, Ivan Lewis MP, joined Welsh individuals and groups to discuss Beyond 2015.

Organised by The Hub  Oxfam Cymru and Stephen Doughty MP, the event gave people in Wales an opportunity to find out more about the Beyond 2015 agenda and to have a chance to ask questions.

Find out how to get involved in Beyond 2015. 

Our events

The Centre’s Next Steps
10 October, 2.00pm, Temple of Peace, register here.

Jack Straw MP
10 October, 6.00pm, Temple of Peace, register here.

WCIA Annual Forum
25 November, 11.00am, Temple of Peace, register here.

First Minister Carwyn Jones
30 November, 2.00pm, Temple of Peace, register here.

Peace 75 Festival
30 November, 11.00am-4.00pm , Temple of Peace, register here.

CEWC

Register for the Wales Schools Debating Championships
 
South Wales Training Day
16 September 2013
 
North Wales Training Day
19 September 2013
 
Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot Round
1 October 2013
 
Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire Round
3 October 2013
 
Vale of Glamorgan, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Bridgend Round
7 October 2013
 
Torfaen, Newport, Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire Round
9 October 2013
 
Cardiff, Caerphilly and Merthyr Rounds
11 October 2013
 
Powys Round
15 October 2013
 
Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham Round
16 October 2013
 
Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey Round
17 October 2013
 
Cardiff, Caerphilly and Merthyr Regional Final
18 October 2013
 
Quarter & Semi Final
6 November 2013
 
Grand Final of the 2013 Wales Schools Debating Championships
29 November
 

Other dates for your diary

Human Dimensions of Climate Change Conference, David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies
18 September, 4.30pm – 20 September 1.00pm, Aberystwyth University

Go Green Day, Size of Wales
18 October
 
One World Week
20 October-27 October
 
Ann Clwyd MP Lecture, UNA Menai and Bangor University
30 October, Bangor University,

Bruce Kent talk on Trident, UNA Cardiff & District
13 November, 7.00pm, Temple of Peace. 

UNA Blog 
How does R2P apply in Syria? Law, Morality and Red Lines.

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