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Wales goes green for tropical forests 

Winter is trundling towards the northern hemisphere forcing our flora to get a bit bolder with its colour scheme. Bright greens are giving way to autumnal fashion with coats of red, auburn and gold.

But on 18 October some chose not to follow Mother Nature but instead wear their most verdurous clothing. Thankfully, this wasn’t due to a distributing fault by British Vogue, but rather to raise awareness of an important environmental issue.

Go Green Day 2013, organised by Size of Wales, called on the nation to don vivid green clothes in aid of rainforests. Socialites tweeted #gogreenday, bakers sold cupcakes with Shrek-skinned icing and one person spent the day in a chlorophyllic morph suit. The Bubble Tea Shop in Bangor concocted a luminous green ice tea and the Bute Cottage Nursery organised an upcycled-fashion show with designs that would make Julien Macdonald green with envy...Read more...

Outstanding debaters compete to represent Wales

In December, 14-18 year-olds from across Wales will compete to represent Wales in the World Schools Debating Championships

Regional winners and and outstanding debaters from the Wales Schools Debating Championships will join other applicants on a selection weekend in December. 

Success for UNA Wales interns

Former UNA Wales intern Zulfia Abawe has been promoted to the Vice President of Afghanistan’s Office to work as a National Governance Specialist on a United Nations Development Programme. You can join Zulfia’s facebook group focusing on rights for women in Afghanistan.

In other news, current intern Bex Dunn, who has just started her Masters degree at Cardiff University, has been appointed Regional Communications Intern for CAFOD South Wales. 

UNA Menai charities fair

UNA Menai Branch's annual World Charities Fair raised over £300 for UNICEF on 26 October.

Midwives from Wales deliver training in Africa

Two teams of volunteer midwives returned to the UK last week after delivering urgently needed training in Liberia and Sierra Leone.  

"It has been amazing to see the changes that are taking place at the Redemption Hospital in Monrovia..." Read more...  

Visit the Life for African Mothers website.  

HLF bid success

The WCIA has secured funding to develop the Wales for Peace Project.

The project - a partnership with Aberystwyth University, the Wales Peace Institute initiative, National Museum Wales, Bath University, Cardiff University, Cymdeithas y Cymod and Urdd Gobaith Cymru - will preserve, share and build on Wales' heritage of building peace. 

In other news, in the WCIA annual lecture on 10 October, veteran Blackburn MP and ex-Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, briefly explained the trend of UK foreign policy in the last more.

Find out more about the issues Jack Straw discussed. If you missed the event, catch up in video, photos and social media.

Wales Peace Institute report released

The Petitions Committee of the National Assembly has recommended that "the Welsh Government facilitates further discussions between the interested parties within both the academic community and civic society to enable further scoping work to be undertaken on a Academi Heddwch Cymru / Wales Peace Institute”. Downloaded the report

First African film festival in Wales

An African Film Festival will be held in Cardiff from 30 November to 6 December.  

Organised by Watch-Africa, the festival features films, workshops, Q&As and master-classes from leading experts. Read more... 


Community Development Researcher, WCIA
Closing date Friday 15 November, Cardiff or home based

Peace75 Festival

Festival website
Facebook event page.

29 November, 6.00pm-11.00pm, Art and live music in the Warehouse of PeaceMilgi

30 November, 11.00am-4.00pm, Temple of Peace, 

30 November, 2.00pm (weather permitting), Welsh Football Trust's Refugee Football League, Cardiff Bay, Hamadryad Pitch. . 

1 December, 8.00-11.00pm, Peace75 closing party with acoustic music dedicated to peace around the world, Milgi. 

Our events

We had some feedback after our annual lecture about the quality of the sound. We will be hiring a PA system for future events to improve sound quality and volume.
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.



Quarter & Semi Final
15 November 2013
Grand Final of the 2013 Wales Schools Debating Championships
29 November

World Schools Debating selection weekend
7-8 December, Temple of Peace. Apply here.

Other dates for your diary

Keith Best 'Torture: The final frontier of gross human rights violation', UNA Menai Branch
8 November, 6.15pm, Lecture Room 4, Arts Building, College Road, Bangor

UK Export Week:  Wales and the World Debate, South Wales Chamber of Commerce
12 November, 5.30pm, Atrium, University of South Wales.

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

Mary Dobbing 'Drone warfare - convenient killing?', UNA Cardiff & District
26 November, 7.00pm, Temple of Peace

Wales African Film FestivalWatch Africa
30 November - 6 December, various venues in Cardiff
World Holocaust Day, Journeys, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
27 January - plan your own event  

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

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