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Success for Temple's peace party

People from across Wales celebrated the 75th birthday of the Temple of Peace at the Peace75 Festival on 30 November.

Families stayed for hours as they completed the Temple Treasure Hunt, painted the Peace of Art, joined a philosophical discussion, listened to the Nu-Hi Recovery choir or did a bit of drumming. 

Susie Ventris-Field said: "We are thrilled with the festival and the feedback.  All those involved said they would love to be part of something similar in the future. Also, lots of people came to the Temple who had never been here before."

Competition winners also came to the festival to pick up their prizes. Dylan Highgate, one of the competition winners, won an i-pad for his school, St Cadoc's Catholic Primary School. His entry, among others, will be available through the website soon. 

The festival closed on 1 December with a party and live music at Milgi. 

Carwyn Jones' vision for Wales in the World

First Minister Carwyn Jones argued that Wales should punch above it's weight in the World. 

Touching on subjects as diverse as international development, trade and next years' NATO summit, the First Minister strongly argued for an outward-looking Wales.

The keynote speech by Carwyn Jones was followed by reflections from Sir Emyr Jones Parry, a personal take on immigration and integration from Mutale Merrill OBE, Chief Executive of BAWSO, a historical whistle-stop tour of the last 100 years of International Development from Julian Rosser, Director of Oxfam Cymru and an academic point of view on devolution from Fran Dickson, PhD Researcher at the Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University. Read reflections on the talk from a member of the audience. 


Red Hand Day plans

UNA Cardiff & District Branch are planning an event to mark Red Hand Day, an international day to raise awareness about child soldiers. This will include a debating session with school participation in the afternoon, and an evening event with speakers. 

Keith Best event in North Wales

Keith Best, Chief Executive of the charity Freedom from Torture, gave a lecture at an event organised by UNA Menai Branch at Bangor University.  

The lecture focused on recent research by Freedom from Torture into torture in Sri Lanka: “What we have documented is deeply disturbing, all the more so because this is clearly just the tip of the iceberg,” said Keith Best. 

Debate result

Ysgol Tryfan, Bangor, won the Wales Schools Debating Championships arguing against the motion, 'The United Nations Security Council has failed."

Delighted with the verdict, Zara Abas and Cian Sion collected their prize. 

Speaking on behalf of the adjudicators, AM Julie Morgan commented on the high quality of the debate, both the passionate and articulate style and the clear content on such a complicated issue. 

Peace trail

As part of the 75th birthday celebrations of the Temple of Peace, UNA Intern Rebecca Dunn developed a Cardiff Peace Trail so people can explore another side of Cardiff.

The 1.2 mile walk is freely available to download from the website and includes a number of peace places in Cardiff, from the Street Pastors exhibition in the Cardiff Story to the Garden of Peace. 

Remembering Mandela

WCIA followers added their thoughts on Facebook about Nelson Mandela, who died in his home on 5 December. 

Peter Sutch, Senior Lecturer in political and international theory and Director of Studies in Politics and European Union Studies at Cardiff University, said: "Mandela represented the standard of statesmanship we ought to expect of our leaders even for those whose own efforts in the name of humanity are exceptional.

"When Desmond Tutu visited the Temple of Peace during the Tutu foundation event his tribute to Mandela, as a man whose suffering made him understand peace and forgiveness, was inspirational." 
We are on our Christmas holidays from 23 December until 6 January.
Past events
Peace75 Festival
Debating Grand Final Wales and the World Special Debate with First Minister Carwyn Jones

Our events

Britain and Africa: 50 years on, 6 February, Temple of Peace, more information coming soon. Register here.

Wales for Peace: Help to shape the Wales for Peace project and to win the next round of funding.

CEWC - Model UN

Model United Nations Conferences 2014: Conflict and Disaster

Swansea, The Guildhall, 3 March 2014. Register here.

Barry, Civic Offices, 13 March 2014. Register here.

Cardiff, Siambr Hywel, National Assembly for Wales, 14 March 2014. Register here.

Caernarfon, Arfon Area Office, 17 March 2014. Register here.

Mold, County Hall, 18 March 2014. Register here.

Carmarthen, County Hall, 24 March 2014. Register here.

Model United Nations Briefing Sessions 2014

Cardiff, Temple of Peace, 28 January 2014. Register here.

Carmarthen, Queen Elizabeth High School, 30 January 2014. Register here.

Wrexham, St Joseph's Anglican and Catholic High School, 4 February 2014. Register here

Bangor, Coleg Menai, 5 February 2014. Register here. 

CEWC - ChangeMakers

Newport, University of Wales, 12 February 2014. Register here. 

Camarthan, The National Botanic Garden of Wales, 13 February 2014. Register here.

Bangor, Bangor University, 18 February 2014. Register here.

Other dates for your diary

World Holocaust Day, Journeys, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
27 January - plan your own event

UNA-UK Youth Conference: Your world, your career
1 February 2014, Edinburgh for UNA Youth Members and university students. Travel bursaries available. 
Red Hand Day, UNA Cardiff and District
12 February, speaker Ben Griffin, formerly of the SAS and now head of Veterans for Peace UK. More details coming soon.

Ann Clwyd MP Lecture, UNA Menai and Bangor University
19 February, Bangor University.

Wales International Development Summit
21 March 2014

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

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