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WCIA, the Welsh Centre for International Affairs, was founded in 1973 to be 'Wales' voice in the world' - championing the cause of Internationalism started by the founders of Wales' Temple of Peace from 1938. WCIA continues this work today - approaching its *50th Anniversary* in 2023 - leading Welsh projects on Global Learning, Global Action, Global Partnerships and Peace Heritage, as well as acting as the guardians and venue hire/managers for Wales' iconic Temple of Peace & Health.

SUMMARY: This edition focuses on a critical moment in international politics amidst the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Temple of Peace, leading to the opening of the Welsh National Garden for Peace project. Includes extensive programmes set out by the UK UN Association and Freedom from Hunger Campaign marking the UN International Year of the Shelter for the Homeless.

CONTENTS Page 1. - Advertisement for the “North East Wales Institute of Higher Education”. -
COVER Page of the Fifteenth Annual Report.
Page 2 & 3. - Picture of the “Temple of Peace”.
- “CONTENTS” Page.
Page 4 & 5. - “President’s Foreword” reflecting on the 50th Anniversary celebrations at the Temple of Peace as well as a critical year in international politics. 1988 was represented as a year of tragedy in Bangladesh and Sudan but growing superpower detente in Afghanistan, South Africa and the Gulf between Presidents Reagan and Gorbachev at the UN. Closer to home, a new main entrance at the Temple of Peace and the creation of the Welsh National Garden of Peace adds to the majesty of the institution. It concludes with commemorations to the Lord Davies of the Llandinam family before welcoming the presidential successor to the WCIA.
Page 6 & 7. - Continuation of the “President’s Foreword” in Welsh. - “Message from the Secretary of State for Wales” commemorating the WCIA on its work to fully inform the Principality so Wales can make a positive and important contribution to the international dialogue, like ‘Third World’ challenges, multilateral disarmament and tackling poverty in all forms.
Page 8 & 9. - “The President - An Appreciation” letter on the retiring President, Sir Alun Taflan Davies written by Chairman Jonathan Davies. - “Membership” of WCIA.
Page 10 & 11. - Continuation of “Membership” of WCIA.
Page 12 & 13. - Continuation of “Membership” of WCIA.
Page 14 & 15. - Continuation of “Membership” of WCIA.
Page 16 & 17. - “The Fiftieth Anniversary of the Temple of Peace, 1988” programme with two aims: ‘To make the Temple of Peace and its works as widely known as possible throughout Wales and the World” through key conferences in the UK and Europe with the UNA, and to ‘raise £250,000 to ensure that the work of the WCIA based upon sound foundations for its development in next 50 years. - “John Wildman” appeal. - “Refurbishment of the Temple of Peace and Health”. - “Diary of Events” from September 1 to December 31, 1988.
Page 18 & 19. - Continuation of the “Diary of Events” from September 1 to December 31, 1988. - “John Tusa Addresses 14th Anniversary Meeting” with 350 representatives of national life in Wales. The Managing Director of External Broadcasting at the BBC highlighted the urgency of communication with the outside world to ensure Britain's cultural diplomacy does not sell itself short amidst influences from Moscow.
Page 20 & 21. - “New Zealand Foreign Minister” article on Mr Russell Marshall’s only official engagement outside London during his short visit to the UK. - “UN Ambassador Makes Second Visit to Wales” article on a speech delivered by Ambassador Sir Crispon Tickell on how the UN was undergoing a shift in solutions to global problems and readiness to cooperate on a wide range of issues.
Page 22 & 23. - “UN Agency Chief Visits Centre” by Professor G.O.P Obasi of the World Meteorological Organisation. - “Lord Callaghan Hosts Lords’ Reception” which generated £13,000 for the Temple of Peace appeal. - “Second World Conference, Brussels, April 6-8” attended by Director Bill Davies of the Welsh Centre and in his capacity as Secretary of the UK Freedom from Hunger Campaign convened by the European Parliament. 200 delegates from various governments, international organisations, the agriculture sector and academics confronted the imbalance between surpluses of industrial countries and lack of adequate food in the Third World, perplexing public opinion. Progress is being kept under review. - “Welsh National Garden of Peace” article marking May 27 as the International Day of Voluntary Work with the official public launch of the project. The Peace Garden is the UNA’s International Youth Service’s special contribution to the Fiftieth anniversary of the Temple of Peace.
Page 24 & 25. - Continuation of the “Welsh National Garden of Peace” project, developing beyond Cardiff with the UN Flag being raised on September 3, the outbreak of World War II in 1939. - “Mrs J.T. Morgan Remembered” with an eloquent tribute at Singleton Hospital, the unveiling of a plaque by the Welsh Ladies FFHC Committee at the Temple of Peace, and two endowment funds being established administered by the UNA (Welsh Centre) Trust and the FFHC. - “Inside the Subcontinent” article on the three-week tour of India’s four largest cities by Executive Officer Russell Holden of the Welsh Centre. He notes that despite the achievement as the 10th most industrialised country in the world, limited resources, millions in poverty, limited infrastructure and a housing crisis has plagued the country. He saw signs of urban community development to provide social and environmental improvement.
Page 26 & 27. - Continuation of the “Inside the Subcontinent” article, highlighting the role that voluntary organisations and international aid agencies like UNICEF can spawn community self-help projects. More resources are needed to deal with pressing needs such as housing, rural development, provision of water, improved sanitation and healthcare along with the external threats posed by China and Pakistan. - “The Year’s Activities” - 1987 events. - “Carmarthen and District Sixth Form Conference, Carmarthen, September 16”. See page 36. - “Unveiling of the ‘Mrs J.T. Morgan Memorial Plaque’ and concluding meeting of Wales ladies FFHC Committee, Temple of Peace, September 22”. See page 24. - “Neath and District Sixth Form Conference, September 23”. See page 38. - “Neath and District Sixth Form Conference, September 30”. See page 38. - “Powys Temple of Peace 50th Anniversary Launch, Llandrindod Wells, September 30”. - “Visit of Mr David Summerhayes, Disarmament Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, September 30 - October 2” taking part in the Powys 50th Anniversary Appeal launch, discussions and visits to various parts of Wales. - “South Ceredigion/NorthPresel, 6th Form Conference, Crymych, October 7”. See page 36.
Page 28 & 29. - “World Food Day: October 17” where Special Hunger Lunches mark the seventh anniversary. - “Annual Interfaith Service, Temple of Peace; Theme: “UN International Year of Shelter for the Homeless”, October 18”. - “Lord Parry launches the South Pembrokeshire Appeal at a lunch hosted by the Central Electricity Generating Board, Pembroke, October 19”. - “Sir Goronwy Daniel launches the Preseli Appeal at a lunch hosted by Gulf Oil Refinery, in the presence of the Chairman of Preseli District Council, Councillor J.G. Cawood, Milford Haven, October 20”. - “Fourteenth Anniversary Meeting, Temple of Peace, October 30”. See page 19. - “The Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd, Sir William Gladstone, launches the Clwyd Appeal at a lunch at County Hall, hosted by the Chairman of the Clwyd County Council, County Councillor Mrs Elizabeth Jones, Mold, November 5”. - “Clwyd Conference on “Britain’s Foreign Policy Priorities” in conjunction with Clwyd County Council, Mold, November 6” featuring former Dr David Owen, former Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Secretary and ex BBC Foreign Correspondent Angus McDermid. - “Mid Powys Sixth Form Conference, Llandrindod Wells, November 11”. See page 38. - “Gwynedd Conference on “Britain’s Foreign Policy Priorities” in conjunction with Gwynedd County Council, Caernarvon, November 13” with guest speakers Mr Ivor Rcihard, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the UK UNA, former UN Ambassador and EEC Commissioner. - “Lord Tonypandy launches the Mid Glamorgan Appeal at Heronston Hotel in the presence of the Mayor of Ogwr, Councillor G Devine, Bridgend, November 13”. - “South and Mid Glamorgan Sixth Form Model UN Security Council Debate, Temple of Peace, November 19”. See page 38. - “United Kingdom Freedom From Hunger Campaign Committee Annual General Meeting, Temple of Peace, December 11”. - “Director addresses Representatives of Dyfed Borough and District Councils, Haverfordwest, December 18”.
Page 30 & 31. - 1988 events. - “Visit of Mr Conrad Mselle, Chairman UN Advisory Committee on Budgetary Questions, Temple of Peace, January 13” around the UN’s financial problems. - “Director attends meeting of Information Officers of UN Agencies, London. January 21-22”. - “Director addresses North Wales Borough and District Councils. Colwyn Bay, February 8”. - “Director addresses Committee of Welsh District councils, Llandrindod Wells, February 11”. - “Visit of New Zealand Foreign Minister, Temple of Peace, February 19”. See page 20. - “Carmarthen Arts Club: International Evening in aid of the Temple of Peace Appeal. Carmarthen, February 24”. - “Conference in conjunction with the Council of Europe’s North/South Inter-dependence Campaign, Caernarvon, March 4”. See page 37. - “Visit of Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organisation, Temple of Peace, March 11”. See page 22. - “Visit of Mr Tim Cullen, Chief, External Affairs, European Office of the World Bank, South and Mid Glamorgan, March 15-16” holding discussions with representatives from the business community, schools and the Borough Council. - “The Mayor of Taff Ely, Councillor Selwyn Flower, hosts a Businessman’s Lunch for the Anniversary Appeal. Speakers were: Mr Tim Cullen and Mr Hugh Thomas, Director, Institute for Welsh Affairs, Miskin Manor. Pontyclun, March 15”. - “Conference in conjunction with the Council of Europe’s Inter-dependence Campaign, Temple of Peace, March 18”. - “Director attends World Food Conference Preparatory Meeting, London, March 18”. - “Annual National Residential Sixth Form Conference, Coleg Harlech, March 22-26”. - “The Chairman of Meirionnydd District Council, Councillor D.R. Price launches the Meirionnydd Appeal. The guest speaker was professor Gareth Wyn Jones, Director, Centre for Arid Zones, University College, Bangor, Harlech. March 24”. - “Annual General Meeting, Welsh National Council, UN Association, Temple of Peace, March 26”. - “Director attends Second World Food Conference, Brussels, April 6-8”. See page 23. - “Tribute in Words and Music’ to the late Mrs JT Morgan, Swansea, April 15”. See page 24. - “Director attends UN Association UK General Council, London, April 16-17”. Page 32 & 33. - Continuation of 1988 events. - “The Mayor of Delyn, Councillor HO Clarke, holds a Hunger Lunch for UNICEF, Flint, April 18”. - “Visit of Mr Chris Bunting, UNICEF, National Development Officer, to Bangor, Mold, Colwyn Bay, Ysgol Dinas Bran, Llangollen, and St. Richard Gwyn High School, Flint, April 19-21”. - “Director addresses West Glamorgan Borough and District Councils, Swansea, May 6”. - “Annual General Meeting, Council for Education in World Citizenship-Cymru, Temple of Peace, May 7”. See page 35. - “Visit of Mr Hugh Craft, Director of International Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat, Dyfed and West Glamorgan, May 10-11”. - “Grand Charity Gala Concert’ promoted by the Mayor of Torfaen, Councillor D Lloyd, in conjunction with Congress Theatre, Cwmbran, for Temple of Peace 50th Anniversary Appeal, Cwmbran, May 13”. - “Visit of Mr Peter Williams, Head, UN Department Foreign and Commonwealth Office, South and Mid Glamorgan, May 17-18”. - “Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor Bill Herbert, publicly launches Welsh National Garden of Peace Proposals on International Day of Voluntary Work, Temple of Peace, May 27”. - “The Mayor of Ynys Mon, Councillor Elwyn Schofield, launches the Ynys Mon Temple of Peace Anniversary Appeal, hosting a lunch for Ynys Mon businessmen: speakers lord Cledwyn and Dr T.P. Jones, Llangristiolus, June 1”. - “House of Lords Reception for Business and Commercial Supporters of 50th Anniversary Appeal, hosted by Lord Callaghan, London, June 15”. See page 22. - “Across Wales Walk’, Powys, June 18” raised £5000 for the Anniversary Appeal. - “Visit of Sir Crispin Tickell, UK Ambassador to the United Nations, and Mr Peter Williams, Head UN Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Carmarthen and Swansea, June 24”. See page 20. - “Mr Ivor Richard, Chairman, UN Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, addresses the Gwent Business Forum with Sir Alun Taflan Davies, President Welsh Centre, on the Anniversary Appeal, Cwmbran, June 28”. - “Choral Evening at Llandaff Cathedral associated with the 50th Anniversary of the Temple of Peace, June 26”. - “Visit of Dr Erik Jensen, Personal Representative in the UK of the UN Secretary-General to Powys and Gwent, June 28-30”.
Page 34 & 35. - Continuation of 1988 events. - “Gwent Sixth Form Model UN Security Council Debate, Cwmbran, July 14”. See page 37. - “Guests from Voroshilovgrad (one of Cardiff’s twin cities) visit Temple of Peace, July 20”. See page 40. - “Sir Alun Taflan Davies speaks at the invitation of Ceredigion District Council commemorating Centenary of the death of Henry Richard and the 50th Anniversary of the Temple of Peace, Tregaron, August 28”. - “July-August All-Wales UNA International Youth Service Programme”. See page 40. - “Activities for Young People” concentrating on the work of the CEWC-Cymru in schools and colleges and UNA (Wales) International Youth Service. - “Council for Education in World Citizenship-Cymru” section introducing national and regional conferences, school visits, Model UN debates and fundraising activities with the Welsh Centre.
Page 36 & 37. - “GCSE World Development” letter, dated 27 June 1988, addressed to Director Bill Davies, reflecting on the pioneering work done by the Advisory Committee for Development Education and Information of the Welsh Centre to popularise the syllabus throughout Wales. - “Sallie Davies Memorial Competition” to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Temple of Peace with a special visit to Lesotho by two secondary school students who raised the most money per capita. It was split between UNICEF and the Anniversary Appeal, with support from the Wales TUC contributing £1000 to the visit. - “County Conferences, and Model UN Debates” on topics including South Africa, prospects for peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict, and ‘global interdependence - presenting positive images through education.
Page 38 & 39. - Continuation of “County Conferences, and Model UN Debates” on topics including the Gulf War, ‘Nuclear Energy and the Environment, ‘Priorities for Peace - the Challenge for the next Decade’. - “UNA (Wales) International Youth Service” section in its expansion to 26 organised voluntary projects in Wales and overseas with 240 volunteers from 20 different countries.
Page 40 & 41. - Continuation of the “UNA (Wales) International Youth Service” contribution to the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Temple of Peace, sending 130 volunteers to 18 countries around the world as well as new contracts with the USSR being fostered. The IYS undertook an international study of the problem of alcohol and drug abuse with a Conference in the Temple of Peace and training weekends for those travelling to ‘Third World’ countries. - “The International Youth Service Programme, 1988”.
Page 42 & 43. - Continuation of “The International Youth Service Programme, 1988”. - “Advertisement for “Saint David’s University College”.
Page 44 & 45. - “UNICEF” article on £13,485 being raised in Wales and volunteer expansion with local support groups in Cardiff, Bridgend, Swansea and Colwyn Bay as well as visits conducted by UNICEF National Development Officer Christopher bunting to Gwyneed and Clwyd. A series of Rich Man/Poor Man lunches were staged raising £1200. - “The United Kingdom Freedom From Hunger Campaign” article on new projects in Madagascar, Zimbabwe, Kenya, and India. It also established the UK Scholarship from Mrs Morgan’s £5000 legacy. - “Welsh Centre Committee on Legal Affairs will hold a conference at the Temple of Peace on ‘The Bill of Rights - Should the Human Rights Convention be incorporated into English Law’. - “The Advisory Committee for Development Education and Information” covered several topics in the session. - “The Information/Resource Centre” development to provide information of comprehensive nature on a variety of subjects concerned with international affairs, the ‘Third World’, and development in general.
Page 46 & 47. - “Publications and Press Cuttings” receiving 60 on all aspects of international affairs covering different organisations, regions and thematic issues. - “Reports of Organisations represented on the Coordinating Committee”. - “United Nations Association, Welsh National Council '' updates to membership and policy developments regarding South Africa, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Ethiopia, works of the Red Cross, and the Special Relationship. - “Council for Education in World Citizenship-Cymru”. See page 35. - “Freedom from Hunger Campaign (Wales)” raised £600,000 for projects in the developing world while the Ladies Committee met for the last time. - “United Nations Association International Youth Service”. See page 39.
Page 48 & 49. - Advertisement for the “Coleg Prifysgol Abertawe”. - “Finance” section on grants, receipts and payments for the WCIA.
Page 50 & 51. - Continuation of the “Finance” section on the balance sheet and income expenditure for the WCIA.
Page 53. - Advertisement for “South Glamorgan Institute of Higher Education”.
Page 55. - “The Welsh Centre for International Affairs” donation form.
Page 57. - Advertisement for “Y Coleg Normal Bangor”. Page 59. - “The Welsh Centre and its Achievements” poster.

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