UN Gold Star Award for best practice in linking

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NOMINATIONS OPEN for UN Gold Star Awards - Christmas 2014

The next UN Gold Star Awards ceremony will be presented on December 4th 2014, by First Minister for Wales Carwyn Jones, at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay.

Anyone can nominate a third sector organisation they feel is deserving of recognition for their contribution to civil society linking between Wales and Africa.

Download 2014 Awards NOMINATION FORM

The UN Gold Star Awards 'recognise the best, to inspire the rest' in volunteering and civil society linking projects between Wales and African organisations. Based upon the Wales Africa Effectiveness Framework (right), the awards recognise organisations progress through the stages of: 

To date, after three rounds of awards (every two years), 15 project partnerships have attained Gold Star Award status, and 27 more have been recognised for their progress through the different levels.   

 

UN Gold Star Awards - Jubilee 2012

The 2012 Awards were celebrated at Cardiff's iconic Pierhead Building on July 17th, connecting in to events surrounding the Queen's Jubilee and the London Olympics. Presented by First Minister Carwyn Jones, INSPIRE Director and former Sustainability Minister Jane Davidson, and WCVA Chair Win Griffiths,  

UN Gold Star Awards Report 2012.

News Story from the 2012 Awards 

Short film of the 2012 UN Gold Star Awards

Images from the Awards Ceremony

Media release in English and in Welsh.

Guidance Briefing on Town Twinning signage.

UN Gold Star Awardees

  • Amlwch, Anglesey and Sankwia, Gambia (Cyfeillion Sankwia Friends)
  • Bettws, Bridgend and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (Valley & Vale Community Arts)
  • Crossgates, Powys and Bulabakula, Uganda (Africa Greater Life Mission)
  • Hay-on-Wye and Timbuktu, Mali (Hay 2 Timbuktu)
  • Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire and Kumi and Kamuli, Uganda (Dolen Ffermio)
  • Penygraig, RCT and Cape Town, South Africa (Valley’s Kids)

 

Development Links

  • Brecon, Powys  and Molo, Kenya (Disability Wales Africa and Brecon Molo Health Link)
  • Briton Ferry, Neath Port Talbot  and Bbowa, Uganda (Care for Uganda)
  • Caernarfon, Gwynedd and Mkushi, Zambia (Itala Foundation)
  • Lampeter, Ceredigion and Bore, Kenya (Lampeter Bore Community Carbon Link)
  • Pembroke, Pembrokeshire and Zanzibar, Tanzania (Sazani Associates)

Partnership and Learning Links 

  • 22 other link groups were recognised for their progress against the UN Gold Star framework (see report above) 

 

UN Gold Star Awards - St. David's Day 2010

The UN Gold Star Awards marked St. David's Day, 3rd March 2010 in the Welsh Senedd, and were presented by new First Minister for Wales Carwyn Jones AM, UN Representative Berta Pesti, and BAWSO representative Mwenya Chimba.  

UN Gold Star Awards Report 2010.

News Story from the 2012 Awards 

Short film of the 2010 UN Gold Star Awards

Images from the Awards Ceremony

 

 

UN Gold Star Awardees

  • Hay on Wye, Powys and Timbuktu, Mali (Jump 4 Timbuktu and Medics 4 Timbuktu) - Livelihoods and Health
  • Llanfyllin, Montgomeryshire and Kumi and Kamuli, Uganda (Dolen Ffermio) - Environment
  • Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Mbale, Uganda (PONT) - Environment and Livelihoods

 

 

 

First UN Gold Star Awards - Eisteddfod 2008

The first UN Gold Star Awards were presented in August 2008 at the National Eisteddfod, the Festival of Wales, in WCVA's Sbardun Pavilion, by then First Minister Rhodri Morgan AM and UN Women's Ambassador Edith Wakumire.

 

The first ever UN Gold Star Awards went to

  • Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taff and Mbale, Uganda (PONT) - Health and Youth
  • Amlwch, Anglesey and Sankwia, Gambia (Cyfeillion Sankwia Friends) - Youth

Additionally, 8 organisations were commended for their progress in developiong links:

  • Brecon (Powys) – Molo (Kenya)
  • Brynycwm (Monmouthshire) – Yirga Cheffe (Ethiopia)
  • Dyffryn Ardudwy (Gwynedd) – Butembo (Tanzania)
  • Hay-on-Wye (Powys) – Timbuktu (Mali)
  • Llanfyllin (Montgomeryshire) – Kumi / Kamuli (Uganda)
  • Llangollen (Denbighshire) – Marafa (Kenya)
  • Pontrhydyfen (Neath) – Samburu (Kenya)
  • Penygraig (Rhondda) – Langa (South Africa)

 

Development of the UN Gold Star Awards, 2007

The Gold Star Awards were the brainchild of BUILD, and were developed in partnership between WCVA and the Welsh Government's Wales for Africa programme.  

The Awards framework was put together through a consultative process over the autumn and winter of 2007-8, through a series of workshops gaining the inputs of community links held in:

 

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