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Youth of Wales discuss tackling climate change at #MockCOP

On January 27 students from across Wales take place in a mock United Nations conference on climate change, in Cardiff.

The annual event run by Size of Wales in partnership with the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, saw students representing countries such as Brazil and the UK, and discussing topics from clean energy to rainforest protection.

Students played the part of their delegates as accurately as possibly by negotiating to create new commitments, putting forward amendments and eventually voting on these. 

This led students to think globally on how to make the world a better place, discussing the future for wales - reforesting Wales, improving public transport and renewable subsidies were all suggestions for tackling climate change in Wales.

Janie Pridham, Education Officer at Size of Wales, said, “The conference encourages young people to be more engaged with climate change and political issues” 

It also helps them develop understanding of other nations and cultures and to consider the responsibility of Wales, both locally and globally”

To see the Storify of #MockCOP, click here. 

WCIA and Oasis Cardiff to run series of human rights events in Cardiff

The WCIA and Oasis Cardiff will be supporting a team of volunteers in Cardiff to design and run a series of high quality human-rights themed event programme in Cardiff, this autumn.

WCIA is now recruiting ten volunteers, aged 16-25, and ten refugees and asylum seekers from Oasis Cardiff, to plan and deliver the events to raise awareness of issue that matter to them.

Deputy Chief Executive of the WCIA said, “The WCIA and Oasis Cardiff have a lot of experience running successful public events on global issues.

This is a chance for us to share those skills with volunteers and give them excellent examples to use in their own career development."

The project is funded by the People’s Postcode Trust, a grant-giving charity funded entirely by the players of People’s Postcode Lottery. 

Volunteers who would like to get involved can find out more and apply to get involved at For more information about the People's Postcode Lottery, click here.

Promoting Global Education in schools in 2017

Council for Education in World Citizenship (CEWC), the schools arm of the WCIA, are now taking bookings for Global Education School Workshops in 2017.

Specialising in delivering high-quality, interactive workshops in both Welsh and English, for students aged 5 to 19, they will deliver a wide range of tried-and-tested workshops on themes including climate change, refugees and asylum seekers, global poverty and inequality, and cultural diversity.

CEWC also deliver Continuing Professional Development sessions for teachers, covering the Welsh Bac, Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship (ESDGC) and the Philosophy for Children method.

For more information, or to complete an enquiry form, visit the student workshops or teacher training pages.

Starting 2017 with a bang: Introducing WCIA's new employees 

WCIA and Wales for Peace have started 2017 with three new employees to work across their projects as WCIA goes from strength to strength. 

Fiona Owens joins Wales for Peace as a full time Volunteering Development Coordinator. She will be leading the Wales for Peace volunteering skills development, training, ICT and online media work.

Awel Irene also joins the Wales for Peace team as Community Participation Facilitator and will be leading community participation, social and youth inclusion, and support work on projects exploring hidden histories of peace builders. 

Catrin Wager joins us as Education Officer for the WCIA - developing, promoting and delivering school workshops, the Wales Schools Debating Championships and other education activities.

For more information on the new members of the team, please click here.


Hub Cymru Africa Grant scheme now open

Hub Cymru Africa’s Grant Scheme is now open for 2017/2018 applicants. The grant aims to fund applicants based in Wales where activities demonstrate a benefit to Wales. 

Hub Cymru Africa (HCA) host an annual small grants scheme, now in its third year, for small-scale Wales-Africa projects. Applicants can apply for grants of up to £15,000, £5,000 or £1,000, with HCA supporting communication, coordination and capacity building.

The scheme gives individuals, community groups and organisations throughout Wales access to funding for four areas - health, sustainable livelihoods, lifelong learning, and climate change and environment.

Previous recipients, such as Hazina, have used their grant to explore the possibility of placing a local health worker to provide care and therapy services for children with disabilities in rural Tanzania. Welsh health professionals involved will subsequently gain service delivery planning skills.

Deadline for applications is noon (12pm) March 6.

For more information and to download an application pack, click here. 

#RefugeesWelcome: WCIA Deputy Chief Executive to run 100 miles for charity

Our very own Susie Ventris-Field is running 100 miles to raise money for a Welsh charity in April.

Susie will have 12 hours to complete each stage of the three day 100 mile race, with the money raised going towards supporting Oasis Cardiff

Oasis, established in 2008, is a charity based in Cardiff that aims to help Refugees and Asylum Seekers to integrate into their local community. They have supported those from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, amongst many others.

"Wales and the UK should extend a warm welcome to all refugees"

Everyone deserves to be treated with respect and dignity and those who arrive here seeking sanctuary need warmth, welcome and support," said Susie.

To read more about Susie's fundraising, click here

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Our Events 

Hub Cymru Africa Grants Webinar, 20 February, Hub Cymru Africa. More information.

An Evening with Gareth Owen, Humanitarian Director of Save the Children, 21 March, Temple of Peace. 5.00-6.00pm 'I'd like a career in humanitarian work - were do I start?'
6.30-8.00pm The children of Syria - daling with the impact of war  More information.

Other events
Tax Tour, Cardiff, 23 February, Cardiff University. An Oxfam and Action Aid event with two people fighting back against tax dodging. More information. 

India, Pakistan and the Kashmir Conflict: Making Progress Through International Law, 27 February,
WCIA / Law and Global Justice Research Group and Centre for Law and Society, Cardiff University. More information.

Crisis in Yemen, 2 March, UNA Cardiff & District, Temple of Peace. More information.

Climate Change: Global and Local Challenges and Solutions, 15 March, UNA Cardiff & District. Temple of Peace. More information.

Networks and Partnerships: Wales Collaborating for Global Health, 27 March, Cardiff. More information.


Visit to the Holocaust Memorial. Read.

A reflection on the positive developments the world has seen in 2016. Read

Albert E Rudall - Conscientious Objector. Read.

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. Read

The Shepherd Family of Ystalyfera and Pontypridd in the First World War. Read

The story of E. P. Jones, Pontypridd. Read

Annual Law Lecture: How global trading rules are contributing to Africa’s deindustrialization and what we can do about it. Read.

A Welsh spanner in the works? Brexit: the story so far. Read.

Read the latest blogs from our contributors.

Event resources

What will Brexit Mean? Storify and blog.

Annual Law Lecture: How global trading contributes to the industrialization of Africa. Photos and blog

#LightaCandle16 - International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. storify and blog

EU Referendum: The Issues Debate Wales, 8 June. View event report.

‘Charity begins at home?’ Talk from the Chief Executive of Oxfam GB, Mark Goldring, 24 February. Post event report, photos, video of routable discussion, video of Mark Goldring talk.

‘The Role of the Commonwealth in the 21st Century’ Talk from Baroness Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, 22 March. Event story.
‘Contextualising Islam in 21st Century Britain’ Talk from Professor Grace Davie, 13 April. Event report and pictures

'Syria, ISIL and the Middle East: The US Perspective' Talk from Thomas Williams, Minister-Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy, 28 April. Event pictures and report

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