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All parties to debate international issues in Cardiff

On 15 April, all parties will come to the Temple of Peace to discuss and answer questions about their parties' policies on international issues, from climate change to immigration. 

Manon Defis, Education and Events Coordinator at the WCIA said: "This event gives the public a great chance to question the politicians about the issues that matter to them and maybe help make up their minds on how to vote." 

As General Election campaigns are hotting up, Labour currently lead the polls in Wales, followed by the Conservatives, then UKIP. 

Barrister and broadcaster, Gwion Lewis, will chair as representatives from Labour, the Conservatives, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, UKIP and the Green Party debate the issues. 

Register here and submit questions in advance on Twitter or by email

'Inspiring' young people in Model United Nations

"It's inspiring to see young people so informed, articulate and interested in international issues," said Caroline Matthews who was a guest at one of CEWC's Model United Nations last week. 

60 schools across Wales are taking part in events that simulate a United Nations committee. Students act as delegates from countries, NGOs and the media to seek international agreement on issues. This year, they are negotiating and debating Islamic State and women's rights. 

One student said: "It was really insightful and interesting to learn about the countries, and a real sense of achievement was gained when our amendment was passed." 

Celebrating women

There were celebrations across Wales for International Women's Day on 8 March. 

In the Temple of Peace, Valley and Vale Community Arts brought together people from Bridgend, Kenya, Ethiopia and Bristol to speak about a range of issues affecting women. 

The first International Women’s Day was in 1911, this day recognises the economic, political and social progression of women’s rights around the world...Read more about the history of International Women's Day in the WCIA Voices blog.

Welcome back

The WCIA welcomes back Susie Ventris-Field, Deputy Chief Executive, this month from maternity leave.

She had a baby girl, Lexi, 6 months ago. Susie said: "I'm looking forward to getting stuck back into work at a time when we have two new projects starting - Wales for Peace and the Wales Africa Partnership"

Susie will be working part time until June.  

Susie steps in as Acting Chief Executive

From 30 March to 13 May 2015, Susie Ventris-Field will be the WCIA’s Acting Chief Executive.

This covers a period during which our Chief Executive, Martin Pollard, is standing for office in the Parliamentary election. More...


Wales for Peace update

Following a public launch on Armistice Day, 11 November 2014, WCIA has welcomed in New Year with the much-anticipated startup of the Wales for Peace programme.

The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, will explore one key question: "In the 100 years since World War One, how has Wales contributed to the search for peace?"

This very question stimulated passionate debate among young people from 6 schools who attended WCIA’s launch event at Cardiff’s iconic Pierhead building, whose discussions were captured on an inspirational mural by community artist Laura Sorvala.

Wales for Peace will explore soldiers stories and the impact of war; hidden histories of Wales’ peacebuilding movements in the 100 years since; attitudes and issues surrounding peace today (such as refugees from conflict, and radicalisation); and inspiring future generations through Wales’ peace heritage. Interactive exhibitions will bring the story together, adapted to each community they visit.  
WCIA is delighted to have welcomed longstanding Welsh internationalist Craig Owen to Head the Wales for Peace programme, and will be recruiting four further posts between March and May 2015.

Wales for Peace is a flagship part of Wales' First World War commemoration activities between 2014 and 2019 and brings together 10 leading Welsh organisations from the heritage, youth, peace and academic sectors. 

Find out more about the project, find out about volunteering opportunities and follow on Twitter.  


Future generations

The Well-being of Future Generations Bill was passed this month. 

This is a step towards making Wales a sustainable and globally-conscious nation committed to tackle its contribution to climate change. Read more.

Our events

General Election Hustings: What in the world do you care about?

15 April
at 6pm
Temple of Peace

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to @WCIA_Wales
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Other dates for your diary

Communicating Climate Change in Wales

30 April, 11.00am-3.30pm
Wrexham - location to be confirmed
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