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Merry Christmas and Happy International Migrants Day – A Message from Aled Edwards

We want Wales to be a true Nation of Sanctuary. To all refugees and asylum seekers who come to Wales: We’re honoured you have chosen our country to rebuild your lives and we want to support you.

Providing a warm welcome to new arrivals is an intrinsic part of who we are as a nation in Wales. We provide sanctuary for those who need it and opportunity for those with the skills to contribute to our economy and communities. Wales is richer for the contribution of migrants in economic, cultural and societal terms.

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Find out the winner of the First Minister’s Christmas card competition…

The day I get to judge my annual Christmas card competition is always an exciting but challenging day for me as First Minister. Every year I send out thousands of Christmas cards to people all around the world, including the Queen, and to the President and Vice President of the United States. I like to make the Christmas card extra special, so I ask for help from schoolchildren around Wales.

The winner of the First Minister’s “A Green Christmas” Christmas card competition 2021.
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High 5 for children’s rights! Ending physical punishment in Wales.

Deputy Minister for Social Services, Julie Morgan, tells us what ending physical punishment means to her…

The rights of the child are at the heart of celebrations to mark World Children’s Day on 20 November. Wales will soon join over 60 countries around the world who have put children’s rights centre stage by outlawing the physical punishment of children. The law will change in Wales on 21 March 2022 with the removal of the archaic defence of reasonable punishment. It can’t come soon enough as far as I’m concerned.

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We’ve just published our Net Zero Wales plan, but what does it actually mean?

Christine Wheeler, who leads on Climate Change in the Welsh Government, breaks it down for us…

This week we published our Net Zero Wales plan, focussed on action between 2021 and 2025. But I hear lots of people asking, what does ‘net zero really’ mean? It essentially means balancing the amount of greenhouse gases we put into the atmosphere with those we take out. Our aim is to get to net zero by 2050.

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Don’t Suffer Hate Crime in Silence

Hate Crime Awareness Week 9-16 October 2021

My name is Noah and my pronouns are he/him. I was pretty unaware of what Victim Support did before I was referred to them. To my surprise, they actually do a lot. Did you know they anonymously log hate crime so you don’t have to talk to the police? This means it still gets logged in the statistics so the powers that be can realise how big an issue hate crime is? I was never pushed to go to the police or do anything I was uncomfortable doing. I was offered support including a weekly call from my caseworker.

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Welcome to the Welsh Government Blog!

We wanted to create a place where we can let you know in more detail about all we’re doing to make Wales a more prosperous, equal, greener and healthier nation and how it affects you. And we wanted to talk to you in a more modern and chatty way – away from the headlines, social media and press conferences. We are very excited about the blog and talking to you in a way we’ve never done before.

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