2023 International Development Week

International Development Week (IDW) is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world!

This year’s IDW will take place from February 5-11, 2023. Learn about International Development Week across Canada and check out events that will be organized and hosted by ACGC and our members below!

2023 Top 30 Under 30: Celebration Event!

DATE: Thursday, February 9th
TIME:  6:15-8:30pm
LOCATION: Calgary Central Library
COST:  Free.  Regististration required below

ACGC’s 2023 Top 30 Under 30 Celebration Event will take place on Thursday, February 9th from 6:15-8:30 PM (MST) at the Central Library in Calgary, AB. Join us in celebrating this year’s phenomenal Top 30 Under 30 award recipients! 

Hosting the event is dynamic sibling duo, and Top 30 Under 30 alumni, Ibrahim Sadiq  and Ganiyat Sadiq. The evening will feature speeches from leaders, and this year’s Top 30 Under 30 award recipients, followed by a keynote address by Poornima Sukumar, the founder of the Aravani Art Project, a trans-women and cis-women led art collective based in India that created this year’s campaign art. The formal program will be followed by networking with light refreshments served. 

All are welcome to attend this free event.

About the Top 30 Under 30 Award: The Top 30 Under 30 Award is an annual campaign by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, supported by Global Affairs Canada as part of Canada’s International Development Week. The award features 30 outstanding young people, nominated by their community and selected by a committee of peers, for their commendable work in making the world a more just, fair, and sustainable place for all.

About the Aravani Art Project

Aravani Art Project is a trans-women and cis-women led art collective and this year’s Top 30 Under 30 campaign artist. Aravani’s founder, Poornima Sukumar, will present the Top 30 event keynote address. She will also present at the University of Alberta’s Global Goals Talks.

International Development Week Reading List

ACGC partnered with the Edmonton Public Library and the Calgary Public Library again in 2023 to highlight diverse voices for International Development Week. Each book list was curated by ACGC staff, with a focus on international sustainable development and aid. Topics include, but are not limited to, gender equality, climate action, refugee experiences, and racism.

University of Alberta - International Week

Engage with international and local perspectives on global issues during University of Alberta’s International Week. Join February 6-10, 2023 to engage and connect with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

See the full schedule online. 

The Right to Education: Equality for Women in Afghanistan
I-Week Keynote

Date: Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Time: 7:00 PM
Location:  Telus 150 – U of A North Campus
(this event will also be live-streamed)
Cost: Free

Friba Rezayee was the first Afghan woman to represent Afghanistan at the Olympics and the first woman in her family to obtain a university degree. She will speak about the work of her organization, Women Leaders of Tomorrow, in both Canada and Afghanistan. 

She will also speak about United Nations Sustainable Development Goal #5: Gender Equality. She will discuss how education supports pursuing this goal and why it is essential. This is the unfinished business of our generation and time. 

University of Calgary - International Development Week

At the University of Calgary, #IDW2023 will take place from Feb. 5 to 11. The week aims to inform, inspire and involve Canadians in Canada’s international-development efforts. The unifying theme of Go for the Goals represents a call to action for Canadians to support the achievement of the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UofC will host 3 major events to mark the week:

  • World’s Challenge Challenge: Feb 6th, 12-3pm
  • Storytelling and the SDGs: Feb 8th 5-7pm
  • Careers in Sustainability Networking: Online, Feb 9th, 4-6pm

Learn more, register, and view the full schedule online. 

Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan - Live Virtual Event

Join Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan on Thursday February 9th at 9am MST for a live virtual event featuring Afghanistan-based and Alberta-based Afghan women’s rights activists. Hear about their advocacy efforts and learn how you can support women’s right to education in Afghanistan.

The panelists are:

  • Robina Hamdard – Calgary Women’s Social Protection Association
  • Murwarid Ziayee – Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan
  • Sheila Qayumi – Calgary Centre for Newcomers
  • Salema Sharifi – Afghan Women’s Social Protection Organization

The Micah Centre - SDG Film Viewing

The Micah Centre at King’s University will be hosting a feature viewing of Nations United: Urgent Solutions for Urgent Times.

Head to The King’s University cafeteria at 12PM MST on Monday, February 6th to learn about work around the world being done to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Enjoy a free pizza lunch while you’re there!

This event is open to the public, and no registration required.

Top 30 Networking with Wanndet Dim

Date: Monday, February 6th, 2023
Time: 4:30-6:00PM
Location:  ACGC Office (#205, 10816A 82 Avenue, Edmonton, AB T6E2B3)
Cost: Free

Wanndet Dim is one of this year’s Top 30 Under 30 award recipients. Hailing from Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Wanndet works for WASH-SDO, a partner organization of the Centre for Affordable Water Sanitation and Technology (CAWST).

Wanndet will be visiting Edmonton, AB to talk about WASH and climate change in the Cambodian context. This is a must-attend event for those who are passionate about climate action!

Lunch & Learn with Islamic Relief Canada

Date: Saturday, February 4th, 2023
Time: 1-3:30PM
Location: Cascade Room, Student Union Building, University of Alberta
Cost: Free

This year, the Islamic Relief Canada team in Edmonton team is hosting an info session to showcase Islamic Relief Canada’s impact worldwide. The event will highlight Islamic Relief Canada contributions to international development, followed by a lunch and interactive activity.


Let's Talk International Development!

Hear from a panel of Calgarians who are championing international development work. Then, network with a room full of professionals, from all walks of life, interested in international development, while enjoying refreshments (included with ticket).

Join the Calgary Professional Chapter of Engineers Without Borders on February 8th for an evening of networking, mingling, and refreshments! Limited tickets available!

Voices on Climate Action Webinar

To mark International Development Week, Alinea’s thought leaders on climate action will come together to amplify the voices you need to hear on biodiversity and climate change, and hear from you. Featuring an address from Dr. David Suzuki.

February 7, 2023: 12 – 1 pm MST