It all started in the dust, heat and uncertainty of World War 2 Cairo.
The origins of Undeb Cymru a’r Byd stretch all the way back to the early Forties and the efforts of a band of Welsh servicemen in the Middle East to forge a link with their compatriots and their homeland.
It was there that a young RAF officer had the idea of publishing a monthly Welsh language news magazine to be circulated amongst Welsh societies in Cairo, Alexandria, Jerusalem, Haifa and Casfarit in the canal zone. The young Welshman behind the aptly called Seren y Dwyrain was T Elwyn Griffiths now Honorary President of Undeb Cymru a’r Byd and formerly its longtime secretary and editor of Yr Enfys.
We publish below the text of the Undeb Cymru a'r Byd Annual Lecture delivered in Welsh at the Denbigh National Eisteddfod by His Honour Judge Eifion Roberts.
He spoke about the life and contribution f the Late Lord Emlyn Hooson.
Traddodwyd darlith flynyddol Undeb Cymru a'r Byd yn Eisteddfod Genedlaethol Dinbych gan Ei Anrhydedd Eifion Roberts. Bu'n olrhain cyfraniad yr Arglwydd Emlyn Hooson fel cyfreithiwr a gwleidydd. Cyhoeddir y ddarlith yn gyflawn yma
Originally known as Undeb y Cymry ar Wasgar, Wales International or Undeb Cymru a’r Byd as it became was founded in 1948 to establish, foster and maintain links between Wales and people of Welsh descent throughout the world including Welsh expatriates and later the friends of Wales worldwide.