Speaking at an International Development summit in Cardiff today (Mon 17th Sept), he announced that Archbishop Tutu will come to Wales in late October to see for himself the work of the programme which was set up in 2006.
The initiative has become a beacon for Welsh efforts to help deliver the UN Millennium Development Goals to halve global poverty by 2015. It helps individuals, groups and communities across Wales create links and get involved in projects with countries in Sub Saharan Africa.
The First Minister said:
“In the space of six years, and with a very modest budget, Wales for Africa has linked hundreds of Welsh communities with hundreds of African communities, influenced the school curriculum, supported Wales to become the world’s first Fair Trade Nation and delivered a world leading climate change project in Uganda with the UN – to name just a few achievements.
“In recognition of its many achievements I am very pleased to announce that Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be visiting Wales at the end of October. His visit is a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for the outstanding dedication of individuals and groups across Wales – most of whom are volunteers.
“It seems fitting that the man who said ‘Do your little bit of good where you are; its those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world’ is coming to recognise the efforts Wales as we do our little bit of good.
“It is an exciting time for Wales for Africa and the international development community in Wales. We want to work with people to take up the challenges and opportunities our changing world presents, and to make sure that everyone has the chance to make conscious, informed decisions about the way they want to live, and the impact they have on others both in Wales and the rest of the world.”
During his visit Archbishop Desmond Tutu will meet many of the people involved in the Wales for Africa programme.