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 took place from February 7-13, 2021. Learn about International Development Week across Canada and see the many events that were hosted in Alberta below!

2021 Top 30 Under 30

This year marked the 10th Annual Top 30 Under 30, featuring 30 accomplished youth from Alberta and around the world contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Visit our Top 30 website to read their profiles, and follow @ACGCNow on social media to learn about their amazing work

Podcast | Around the World in SDGs

Listen to Around the World in SDGs, a podcast series by the Inter Council Network that explores the sustainable development goals through those on the ground researching, collaborating, creating solutions in meeting the goals. Stories and analysis from content and context experts will inspire and inform listeners. You will hear from nonprofits, civil societies, academics, and community leaders.

In collaboration with the Edmonton Public Library, ACGC is excited to present a reading list for IDW, curated by member organizations.

The reading list highlights non-fiction and fiction literature from around the globe where ACGC members work, telling the stories of women and girls, their fight against patriarchal systems of oppression and their contributions to making a just and equitable world.

All titles are available for borrowing at EPL. 

Grade 3 Lesson Plan: Now for 2030 Time Capsule

In the month of February 2021, participating classes across Alberta are invited to write a letter to the Grade 3 class of 2030 in their school, sharing their hopes and aspirations for the future. Once complete, send your letter to ACGC to be stored in our time capsule. 

On 25 September 2030, ACGC will open and share the letter, and will send it back to your school for the class of 2030 to read!  Download the classroom lesson and instructions!

Bonus: Download new colouring pages from Global Affairs Canada to help educate students about Canada’s role in addressing gender equality during Covid-19 around the world!

She Said WHAT? A Night of Stand Up Comedy
February 5, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 PM

Presented by the University of Alberta International and the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, and hosted by the Grindstone Theatre, this comedy show helped break gender barriers by highlighting women comedians from across Canada. Our incredible lineup included our host, Celeste Lampa, and headliners, Martha Chaves, Stephanie Pangowish, and Hoodo Hersi. 

Global Perspectives, Local Action: The SDGs and YOUth
February 1, 2021 | 12:00 - 2:00 PM

The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, the University of Alberta, and MacEwan University were excited to present Global Perspectives | Local Action: The SDGs and YOUth on February 1 from 12:00PM to 2:00 PM. This event connected young people with one another around their interests in the Sustainable Development Goals!

A one-hour panel discussion featured past and present ACGC Top 30 Under 30s as they discussed the SDG they are most passionate about and the work they do to achieve it in Alberta and globally. Following this panel, small networking circles were hosted to allow participants to connect and engage with our speakers.

Global Perspectives, Local Action: Community Asset SDG Hackathons
February 6, 2021 | 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Post-Secondary students were invited to participate in Community Asset SDG Hackathons, focused on identifying groups in their on- and off-campus communities currently addressing the SDGs. These 3-hour events helped youth to learn what work is already being done in their community, and provide a resource list for community members interested in volunteering and becoming engaged in addressing the SDGs.

Global Health Impact Exchange
February 8, 9 & 10, 2021 | 12:00 - 2:30 PM (EST)

CanWaCH hosted a one-of-a-kind virtual event over three days exploring three key, timely themes for success in the next era of Canadian leadership and partnerships for global health:

Innovation. Creativity. Diversity.

CanWaCH’s annual flagship event had a new format and a program filled with high-profile Canadian speakers, stories and case studies from our members and learning opportunities for all audiences.

Prospects for Peace and Development in Afghanistan
Thursday, February 11th, 2021 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM MST

This virtual panel discussion on the current situation in Afghanistan was presented by The Canadian Association for International Development Professionals (CAIDP) in collaboration with the Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan.

The webinar focused on current realities, the status of peace negotiations, development aspirations and trends for Afghanistan, and current Canada-Afghanistan relations.

The webinar was introduced by the President of CAIDP, Mr. Abbas Sumar and Ms. Murwarid Ziayee of Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, and the panelists included:

  1. Ms. Fawzia Koofi currently a member of the peace negotiating team for the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and plays an active role in the enactment of protective laws for women and children
  2. Dr. Orzala Nemat the Director of the Afghan Research and Evaluation Unit (AREU) an independent think tank which aims to inform policy development and implementation for a better Afghanistan
  3. David Hartman, Director General, South Asia Bureau,  Global Affairs Canada

Let's Chat About It: Diversity & Inclusion
February 12, 2021 | 12:00 - 2:30 PM (MST)

This panel offered an opportunity to discuss the complexity to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace culture with the ITL Network.

Speakers included Kathleen Ryan (Partner, DLA Piper & Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee – Law Society of Alberta), Afshan Naveed (Partner, Dentons Canada LLP), Cal Johnson QC (Partner, BDP & Member Diversity & Inclusion Committee – Law Society of Alberta), Arman Chak (Bencher, Law Society of Alberta) and Holly Wong (Legal Counsel MNP LLP and President, Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers).

Careers in Sustainability and International Development
February 11, 2021 | 5:00 - 6:30 PM

The University of Calgary and the Office of Sustainability offered this event for students to explore careers related to sustainability and international development through networking with professionals from various fields related to the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Bow Valley International Development Week
February 7-13

Bow Valley College joined the world in celebrating IDW with a full week of events to show the significant contribution that international education makes to our social, economic, and cultural well-being and to support Canada’s ongoing efforts to engage on the international stage. 

University of Alberta International Week
February 1-6

I-Week was a chance for you to hear international and local perspectives on global issues. International Week speakers connected their work to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and International Week was an incubator of ideas and a source of inspiration for us to work together for a better world.