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Europe, what's the point?

There is plenty going on across Wales to help you make up your mind in the European elections, being held on 22 May 2014. 

The Welsh Centre for International Affairs and Bangor University will hold a Europe, what's the point? event in Bangor's European Documentation Centre on 14 May, 6.00-8.00pm. There will be debate, discussion and chances to share views. Chris Thompson, event organiser, said: "This is a chance for anyone, including those with no prior knowledge of Europe, to find out the main issues and the pros and cons of being part of the European Union, and to maybe decide how to vote!"

The event includes speakers from the European Commission in Wales, Bangor University and the Taxpayers' Alliance. Find out more and register here.

In the Pierhead, Cardiff on 10 April, 6.00-8.00pm, Chwarae Teg will run a Question Time-style debate called A Woman's Place in Europe.

This event, sponsored by presiding Officer Dame Rosemary Butler AM, provides an opportunity for a discussion with your MEP candidates to find out how they would represent the women and families of Wales if elected.

The Panel will be made up of representatives of the main political Parties and will be chaired by Joy Kent, Chief Executive, Chwarae Teg. Find out more or register via email here. 

Climate change event

On April 4, Machynlleth will see climate change experts, people with experience of climate change and the public come together to find out about climate change science and what they can do to make a difference. 

In a day of talks, discussions, exhibitions, theatre and more, the event will make the science of climate change easy to understand, exploring the impacts on Wales and Africa and how to influence change. 

The WCIA is an event partner of organisers, the Mid-Wales African Network. Register here.  

New UNA Intern 

The WCIA is delighted to welcome Hazel McDonald as a UNA Intern. Hazel will be recruiting new members, developing the UNA website and working together with branches and existing members to strengthen the work of UNA Wales. Join here.  

Anne Clwyd MP promotes human rights 

Anne Clywd MP delivered a public lecture attended by over 60 people last Wednesday at Bangor University.

Anne Clwyd,76, was born and raised in North Wales and attended Holywell Grammar School and Bangor University. She  worked as a BBC Studio Manger and later Welsh  Correspondent for The Guardain and the Observer before becoming MP for Cynon Valley in 1984 .She was the first woman ever to sit for a Welsh Valleys constituency .
Anne made clear the vital necessity  of continuing to highlight infringement  of human rights and to hold to account those guilty of gross violation.
With a clear sadness she underlined the apparent lack of interest by the majority of MPs in the UK Parliament in the subject of Human Rights.
In UNA-UK news, they are planning for campaigns on the 2015 General Election and election of the UN Secretary General in 2016. Also, Staying Connected on 29 March in London has been organised by UNA-UK's Procedure Committee to give members an update on UNA-UK’s 2013 Policy Conference.

Debating matters competition

Cardiff Sixth Form College won the West & South Wales Regional Debating Final. This is Cardiff's third year as Regional Finalists, and their second year through to the National Finals.

Campaign to make bananas fair

This year Fairtrade fortnight went banana-tastic with events, concluding with Foncho’s banana festival in Swansea. 

The festival highlighted unfair trading practices affecting banana farmers. Over the last 10 years the cost of bananas in the shops has halved, but the production cost has doubled. 

These cheap bananas threaten the future of farmers like Colombian banana farmer Foncho, who flew to the UK to ask Vince Cable to investigate unfair supermarket pricing practices and act to protect the producers of the UK’s favourite fruit.  Read more, and see how you can help.

Happy Birthday Size of Wales

This March the the Size of Wales has a lot celebrate.  Not only has it been a year since they reached their £2 million target to help protect an area of rainforest the Size of Wales, but it is also four years since its creation in 2010.

Size of Wales will build upon its success by continuing to unite and link communities, organisations and schools across Wales to projects in Africa and South America which support the sustainable management of forest resources. See the Size of Wales celebrations. 

Our events
Europe, what's the point?
14 May 2014, 6.00-9.00pm, Reichel Building, Bangor. Register here.

Wales - Africa: Climate Change
Mid-Wales African Network, 4 April 2014, 9.30am-6.30pm, Y Plas, Machynlleth. Register here. 

Free teacher training - Connecting classrooms
1 April, 1.00-4.00pm, Temple of Peace, Cardiff
7 April, 1.00-4.00pm, Glyndwr University, Wrexham
Register here

Other dates for your diary

Earth Hour WWF 
29 March 2014 

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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