Urdd Gobaith Cymru is Wales’s largest national youth organisation, which has nurtured over four million people through its membership to be proud of their country and open to the world.
Since 1922 the children and young people of Wales have reached out to the world with its annual Urdd Peace and Goodwill Message. The first message was sent by Reverend Gwilym Davies from Cwm Rhymni. He was a pacifist and was prominent in the establishing of the Welsh Union of the League of Nations and UNESCO.
He believed in uniting the children of the world. Sir Ifan decided to support the campaign so that ignorance and prejudice could be abolished. The message was broadcast for the first time on the BBC World Service in 1924 and today it appears in many different languages on the internet and reaches all corners of the world. In the 1950's the Urdd was given the responsibility of announcing the Message of Peace and Goodwill on 18 May, which was the date of the first peace conference in the Hague in 1899.
It was initially communicated through Morse code, then by the BBC World service and more recently through digital media.
This year’s Urdd Peace and Goodwill Message was announced on Friday 17th May.
What is the Message?
This year’s theme is VOICE and the young people have decided to highlight violence against children and young people within this theme, which includes speaking up for child soldiers, children affected by war, gun crime in schools in the USA and knife crime across the UK and the world.
If you’d like more information about the background of the Message please go to www.urdd.cymru/peace