Croeso – Welcome to the home of Academi Heddwch – Wales’ ‘Peace Academy’ network. Academi Heddwch’s aim is to extend Wales’ strong tradition of peace-making and peace-promotion, by developing and coordinating an independent community of researchers in related fields. Academi Heddwch Cymru will work to place peace firmly on Wales’ national agenda, and on the international stage working through the existing global network of peace institutes.
Who are Academi Heddwch?
Signatories 2020: WCIA (Welsh Centre for International Affairs) – Learned Society of Wales – Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol – Aberystwyth University – Bangor University – Cardiff University – Cardiff Metropolitan University – Glyndwr University, Wrexham – South Wales University – Swansea University – University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Supported by representatives from the Peace Movement in Wales, Race Council Wales, Urdd Gobaith Cymru and the office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales.
Development of Academi Heddwch
- Civil society groups in Wales have been campaigning since 2008 for the formation of a Peace Institute or Academy. View the original proposal for a Wales Peace Institute (from CND Cymru Archives).
- In 2013 the National Assembly undertook a public consultation exploring support for a Wales Peace Institute. View the Petitions Committee records.
- In 2013, Jill Evans MEP called on Wales’ First Minister to make ‘peace’ the central focus of Wales’ WW1 Centenary programme. View Jill Evans’s article in Peace News.
- In 2015, the ‘Wales Peace Institute Initiative’ – building on the earlier ‘Khaki Dragon’ Report by Cymdeithas y Cymod – undertook research and published a report (by Estella Benson) on ‘Military Presence and Influence in Wales’. Download Summary / Download Full Report / View August 2015 press release.
- In 2017, WCIA volunteer Emily Forbes undertook a placement research project mapping Peace Institutes worldwide. View full report / view summary report / view comparative table / view links.