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'This is Africa's moment' says head of Royal African Society

The Director of  the Royal African Society, Richard Dowden, said: “This is Africa's time to flourish,” at a talk held in Cardiff at the Temple of Peace last Thursday.
 
Richard Dowden gave an account of Britain and Africa's shared history, dating back to the 1800's and King Leopold's take-over of Congo. As a journalist in Africa during some of its most prolific recent events, Dowden commented on the politics that have arisen between the two nations as a result of such a close colonial relationship. Reflecting upon the future, Dowden was optimistic that continued trade with Africa on an equal level, will improve its standing as a free, independent nation. “This is Africa's moment,” he said.

The talk also invited Edwin Egede, a senior lecturer in International Relations at Cardiff University and experienced Barrister and Solicitor in Nigerian courts, to discuss his experiences of Nigerian politics. He spoke of the history of colonialism in Nigeria, suggesting that the Anglo-Nigerian relationship has been impacted a great deal by the “dark hand of colonialism.” He argued this is currently receding as Nigeria tries to engage with other states, such as China and the US. More.

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Open evening for Wales for Peace

The WCIA will host an open evening on 27 February to give people a chance to influence the Wales for Peace project. 

The WCIA is planning a new project which will tell the story of Wales’ contributions to peace in the 100 years since the start of the First World War. 

Contributions will help the WCIA shape the final project plan that we will submit to the Heritage Lottery Fund later this year.

Have your say – complete our online survey by 9 March and be in with a chance to win £50 Love2Shop vouchers in our prize draw.

Peace Institute Progress

Wales may be one step closer to having a Peace Institute after a National Assembly debate this week.
 
The Petitions Committee in the National Assembly of Wales recommended investigating the potential and practicality of Wales having a Peace Institute, in line with other European peace institutes.
 
It comes as the country commemorates 100 years since the beginning of the First World War. Assembly Member Janet Finch-Saunders supported the petition and said "I believe that it would be most fitting to support this initiative as we commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, supposedly the war to end all wars."
 
It is hoped that such a body could help contribute to the development of peace within Wales. Read more.

International Campaigns from Wales

There are range of invaluable campaigns run by organisations across Wales, who highlight various issues across the globe ranging from Human Rights to Environment. Find out more or get in touch.

Teachers and students join forces at conference for change

This month, inspirational speakers and workshops at a conferences across Wales are inspiring young people to make a difference in their communities and beyond.
 
This year’s ChangeMakers conferences, about consumerism, feature key speaker Bandi Mbubi from CongoCalling. He is discussing the ways students in Wales can bring changes to the mobile phone industry. He said: “We demand fairtrade food and fairtrade clothes. It is time to demand fairtrade phones.”
 
The mining for minerals used in mobile phones, coltan, is said to be financing serious conflict in politically unstable countries. CongoCalling campaigns for the development of fair trade technology, highlighting the exploitation and environmental impacts it has in mining communities. ChangeMakers Wales seeks to raise awareness about this issue and support young people to take action to reform the industry, while helping them build confidence and key skills in the process.
 
Chris Thompson, co-organiser and CEWC representative says “Charities across Wales hope to inspire young people to become leaders of change in their local communities. Secondary schools students will learn to think critically about their role as shoppers and will take action for positive change"
 
Oxfam, Christian Aid, Fair Trade Wales, Wales International Dimension in Education Network, the Council for Education in World Citizenship (CEWC) and the Centre for Alternative Technology are co-hosting the conference funded by the British Council. 

Voicing what matters 

Run by passionate and informed bloggers, the WCIA voices webpage has a range of blogs which aim to inform you about disarmament, conflict prevention, sustainable development and human rights issues across the globe. Read some of the latest posts on immigration and LGBT rights.

Our events
'Cymru Dros Heddwch/Wales for Peace' Open Evening 
27 February, 6.00-8.00pm - Please register here.

Have your say – complete our online survey by 9 March and be in with a chance to win £50 Love2Shop vouchers in our prize draw.


CEWC - Model UN
Model United Nations Conferences 2014: Conflict and Disaster

Swansea, 3 March 2014. 
Barry13 March 2014. 
Cardiff, 14 March 2014. - FULL
Caernarfon, 17 March 2014. 
Mold18 March 2014.
Carmarthen24 March 2014

Other dates for your diary

Cardiff International Model UN, United Nations Society of Cardiff University
28 February - 2 March. Register here.

Foncho's Banana Festival, Swansea Fair trade Forum
8th March, 11:00 - 16:00 The Waterfront Museum, Swansea 

Wales International Development Summit
21 March 2014

"Welcome Fair" Unite Against Fascism Wales
22nd March King Edward VII Avenue, next to City Hall


Cardiff & District UNA AGM and Public Meeting
27 March, 5.30pm AGM Members only
7.00pm Public meeting with Vijay Mehta, author of Economies of Killing

Earth Hour WWF 
29 March 2014 
20:30-21:30 

UN Reform talk, Cardiff & District UNA
8 April, 7.00pm-9.00pm with Edwin Egede

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

Weekly meeting in Bangor Management Centre, LA CORUNA Discussion Group, 3.30pm-6.00pm. Email Mike for more information.
 
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