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How to Influence the Media on International Issues

On 3 December at the Temple of Peace there will be a workshop where a panel of experts including, Martin Shipton (Chief Reporter, Media Wales), Jonathan Levy (Director of Newsgathering and Operations, Sky News) and Professor Richard Sambrook (Cardiff University) will discuss and answer questions on how to influence the media on international issues.
 
Martin Shipton and Jonathan Levy will each give their take on “How your organisation can influence the media on international issues.”
 
Participants will understand the broad context of international reporting, some tips on how to interact with the media on international issues, and how to increase the chances of securing positive/balanced coverage of the issues.
 
The workshop will take place 4.30-6.00pm in the Council Chamber, Temple of Peace, Cardiff. Tickets are £20 per person with the money being used to contribute towards the WCIA’s free events programme for the general public. Register here.
 
After the workshop, a public debate on media coverage of international issues will take place from 6.00-8.30pm in the Marble Hall. The workshop speakers will be joined by Sean Ryan (Associate Editor, Sunday Times) and Lindsey Hilsum (International Editor, Channel 4 News). 

Youth International Development Summit and Debating Championships 

On 4 December the WCIA and Hub Cymru Africa will host the Youth International Development Summit. Young people aged 16-24, will have the opportunity to learn about volunteering opportunities available in international development within Wales and Africa.
 
Fadhili Maghiya, the Diaspora and Inclusion Officer for Hub Cymru Africa says: “It is the first time that an event like this has had a youth focus and we expect it to be very engaging for those wanting to take part in volunteering opportunities.
 
“There will be many stalls providing information from major volunteering organisations including Progressio and UNA Exchange”.
 
There will also be a variety of performances from youth groups who are currently already involved in volunteering projects.
 
The day will close with the final of the CEWC’s annual Wales School Debating Championships, which will focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
 
Susie Ventris-Field, Deputy Chief Executive of the WCIA says: “The debating final is always exciting and of a high quality. The debaters always give a real insight into the topic, as well as showcasing debating skills.
 
“We are delighted that the debating championships can be a part of the summit as it will give people the chance to see the debaters in action”

Wales Climate Action Day - Pedal for the Planet

Stop Climate Chaos Cymru Alliance are organising a mass cycle ride and demonstration on 28 November ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21 or CMP) that will be in Paris from 30 November to 11 December 2015.
 
Starting at Callaghan Square at 1.30pm, the mass cycle ride will end at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay. A demonstration will be held on the steps of the Senedd from 2:00–3:00pm where there will be speakers and entertainment.

Non-cyclists can still be involved and walk as part of the rally, or meet the crowd on the steps of the Senedd at 2.00pm to for the rest of the demonstration.
 
Stop Climate Chaos Cymru members are: National Federation of Women’s Institutes Wales, National Union of Students, Unison, Christian Aid Wales, CAFOD, Oxfam Cymru, Tearfund, Coed Cadw – The Woodland Trust, Friends of the Earth Cymru, RSPB Cymru, Sustrans Cymru, WWF Cymru, Wildlife Trusts Wales, The Centre for Alternative Technology, Welsh Centre for International Affairs, Size of Wales.
 

Size of Wales - COP21

COP or Conference of the Parties, the annual UN Climate Change Conference, takes place in Paris from 30 November – 11 December. Many hope those attending will settle on a legally binding agreement to cut carbon emissions and combat global warming.
 
Lowri Jenkins, Campaigns Manager from the Size of Wales charity, will be heading to the event for Size of Wales.  She said: “We will be there to represent Wales amongst other countries and organisations such as Oxfam, Greenpeace and the WCIA.
 
“This is going to be a great opportunity to showcase what Wales is doing to tackle climate change and promote sustainable development.
 
“On our stand we will be joined by some of our other partners such as Stop Climate Chaos Cymru, the WCIA and Fair Trade Wales.
 
“We would love for our project ‘Size of Wales’ which protects and sustains an area of rainforest the size of Wales, to be emulated across other countries.
 
“Size of Wales can only do so much with the support and funding it receives, this is why we hope to encourage others to undertake similar projects. Essentially, we are doing great stuff already, we need to keep doing it and do more.”
 
Watch this space to find out how the conference went. 

 

Wales For Peace, Book of Remembrance Tour

The Wales for Peace team and their partners have been active during Remembrance Day and in preparation for their Remembering for Peace exhibition.
 
On 06 November, in conjunction with the National Assembly for Wales, Wales for Peace held a conference ‘Remembering for Peace’, attended by secondary schools.
 
Wales for Peace helped to demonstrate how individuals and groups in Wales have reacted to the horrors of war by working for peace and encouraged students to research the stories of peacemakers in their area.
 
This day assisted local students in creating presentations to deliver to their schools to coincide with Remembrance Day.
 
The WWI Book of Remembrance Tour kick-started with its display in the Senedd as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund Remembrance Day showcase event on 10 November.
 
Sir Peter Luff, Chair of HLF outlined how HLF grants are helping communities to explore their heritage of the First World War and other organisations also spoke about what they have achieved with HLF grants.
 
Following this, on 11 November, the Book of Remembrance was displayed alongside the new transcription tool at the ‘National Assembly for Wales Remembers’ Exhibition. Presiding Officer Dame Rosemary Butler AM commemorated the involvement of Assembly Members’ ancestors in WWI and spoke about the impact the war has had on them and their families.
 
The Wales for Peace team were there to speak with these Assembly Members and assist them in finding their ancestors in the electronic version of the book.
 
Up until St. David’s Day 2016, Wales for Peace and the WCIA, through a series of road shows, transcription workshops and ‘editathons’ in communities across Wales, will be calling on volunteers to help with transcribing the book.
 
Within this time, the launch of ‘Remembering for Peace’ exhibition will take place at the National Library for Wales, Aberystwyth, on 30 January 2016.
 
Watch this space to find out further details of the launch and for other ways in which you can be involved in the translation process.

 

Our events

Funding and Innovation, Hub Cymru Africa, Phoenix Project & The European Commission, 2 December, Temple of Peace, Cardiff. Register.

Small World: Debate on media reporting of international issues, 3 December, Temple of Peace, Cardiff. Find out more and register. 

Disability Inclusive Development, 3 December, Hub Cymru Africa. Register.

Youth International Development Summit incorporating the Wales Schools Debating Championship Final, 4 December, Tŷ Hywel, National Assembly for Wales. Hub Cymru Africa and WCIA event sponsored by Julie Morgan AM. Register

Our training and CPD

Making Sense of the Global Citizenship Challenge, CEWC, 30 November, Temple of Peace. CPD for teachers. Register.  

Participatory Approaches to Development, Hub Cymru Africa, 3 November, Tŷ Gwydr, Bangor. Register. 

Other dates for your diary

Wales Climate Action Day, 28 November. 1.30pm mass bike ride from Bute Street to the Senedd, followed by speakers/entertainment. Save the date. 

Sustainable Development and International Health Partnerships in Wales, 10 December, International Health Coordination Centre event, Chapter Arts Centre. Register

Event resources

Should the UK Remain in NATO? 30 September. Photos, report.

A Year of Change, Hub Cymru Africa, 15 October. Photos.

Global Diaspora Week, Hub Cymru Africa, 17 October. Photos and report.

#CelebratingHumanRights, Fighting for Rights. Photos and social media

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

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