International Development Week

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

For 29 years, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February. This year, it will take place from February 3-9th, 2019. The theme, Together for Gender Equality, embodies Canada’s commitment to the global effort to address gender inequality and encourages all Canadians to be change-makers in advancing gender equality in the world.  Learn about International Development Week across Canada. 

Be sure to also get involved in the nationwide digital campaign #DevInspired, on social media this #IDW2019!  Our call to action to you is to: 

  • Post a development-themed photo and tell us why it inspires you, using the hashtag #IDW2019 and #DevInspired
  • Tag others to encourage them to share their photos; and
  • Spread the word: inspire, inform, and encourage others to get involved!

Top 30 Under 30 Celebration

A major focus of ACGC’s annual IDW programming is our Top 30 Under 30 magazine, which highlights extraordinary young people who are working towards a just and sustainable future for everyone.

Join the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation on Thursday, February 7th as we launch the 8th Annual Top 30 Under 30 magazine and award, featuring 30 exemplary young people from Alberta and around the world.

This event will celebrate and showcase the recipients and highlight their contributions in working towards the Sustainable Development Goals.  We will be joined at the event by Hoda Katebi, author of the political fashion blog JooJooAzad.  Come for the launch and stay for her lecture.  Free tickets for her lecture are found separately online through the University of Alberta.

Time: Thursday, February 7th.  6-6:45pm

Location: Atrium, Students’ Union Building, 8900 114st, NW, Edmonton


ACGC Partner Events

MacEwan University: Global Awareness Week: January 28-February 1st

Learn about human rights and gender equality issues. Witness the impact of sustainability initiatives and poverty education. Get creative at hands-on workshops. This is Global Awareness Week.

Learn more and explore the schedule.

University of Alberta International Week.  February 4-8th

UAlberta’s annual International Week is a chance for you to hear various perspectives from around the world, and to engage in deep conversations about global issues. Each year International Week has a theme that all of I-Week’s speakers, talks and events focus on – this year the week address the UNs Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Learn about International Week or download the program of events.

Over the past two decades, military invasions in the name of defending Muslim women’s rights and proliferating security measures for surveillance and management of Muslims in the name of protecting human life have confronted those who value the ideals of human rights with troubling questions.  How should we think about competing forms of rights? What are the motives for targeting Muslim communities abroad and at home? What are the human consequences of war and securitization?
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“Towards a Strategic Sustained Global Dialogue: Rethinking our Approach to Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”

Achieving sustainable development, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, and appreciation of cultural diversity calls for different ways of knowing and seeing. The world is transfixed on western modes of knowledge, but we must include non-Western or Indigenous ways to see positive change in the world

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Don’t miss Dr. Amy Luers’ exciting keynote at International Week on February 6. Dr. Luers is the Executive Director of Future Earth, and will be discussing how we can work towards a more sustainable Earth together.

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One! International Gala
February 1st, Edmonton

Join One! International for an evening of dinner and entertainment, in support of their projects in India.  Purchase your tickets online.

Event: Storytelling the SDGs
Calgary: 6 February 5-7:30pm

The University of Calgary SDG Alliance is hosting Storytelling the SDGs: Experiences in International Development! Hear from a diversity of students, academics, and industry professionals on the different dimensions of international development at this panel-style event. Tickets are limited, sign up online.