BRISTOL HOSTS FIRST UK CONFERENCE ON LOCAL AUTHORITIES AND NICARAGUA
BLINC joined forces with Bristol City Council to put on the first ever conference for Local Authorities and Nicaragua on thurs 12 Nov. Around a dozen UK Local Authorities signed twinning and friendship agreements with Nicaragua counterparts during the 1980s to support the excellent example of the Nicaraguan revolution which was being attacked and destroyed by CIA financed contra terrorists. As part of the 20th anniversary of the signing of the friendship agreement with Puerto Morazan, the one day event aimed to inspire UK local authorities to re-invigorate their collaborative work with Nicaraguan municipalities. Excellent case studies were heard from Leicester City Council and their work with Masaya Municipio, and from Utrecht (Holland) City Council and their work with Leon Municipio. Bristol highlighted its educational work both through school to school linking and global education in local schools. A range of funding opportunities were explored through the British Council to the European Union. Giselle Morales from the Nica embassy in London summed up by encouraging all the participants to continue to walk hand in hand with Nicaragua. “Despite so many natural disasters and a destructive war of destabilization, Nicaragua still comes up smiling” she said.