International Development Week

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

For 30 years, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February. This year it will take place from February 2-8, 2020. The theme is #GoForTheGoals, referring to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learn about International Development Week 2020 across Canada. 

Top 30 Under 30 Celebration

February 4th, 2020 | 5:30-8:00pm
Calgary Central Library
800 3 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0E7 

Join the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation on February 4th, 2020 as we celebrate the 9th Annual Top 30 Under 30, featuring 30 accomplished youth from Alberta and around the world contributing towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

This year’s event marks the 30th Anniversary of International Development Week, with the theme of ‘Go For The Goals’. Following the celebration, you are invited to attend a keynote address by female athletes who are going for the Goals by working to promote gender equality in their communities.

5:30-6:00pm | Networking and refreshments
6:00-6:45pm | Top 30 celebration and presentations
7:00-8:00pm | Keynote address

Demystifying Partnerships with Global Affairs Canada

Edmonton Session
February 3 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
Telus Centre, Room 134 | University of Alberta
87 Avenue & 111 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2R3

Calgary Session
February 4 2020 | 9:00am – 12:00pm
MacKimmie Tower, Room 701 (7th Floor)
2500 University Dr NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4

Please join the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, University of Alberta International, and University of Calgary International for information sessions with a representative from Global Affairs Canada’s Partnerships for Development Innovation Branch. There will be dedicated time for questions throughout the presentations. The events will provide information and insight into questions that are frequently asked by Global Affairs Canada’s partners, or potential partners, including:

  • What are the main elements of Global Affairs Canada’s international assistance?
  • What elements should be included when designing a project for Global Affairs Canada funding?
  • How do selection processes (calls for proposals and unsolicited proposals) work?
  • What happens after a project is selected?
  • How does Global Affairs Canada work with partners during project implementation?

InSight Media Launch

February 4 2020 | 2:00-2:45pm
Calgary Central Library
800 3 St SE, Calgary, AB T2G 0E7 

After 2 long years of dreaming, planning, and hard work, we’re excited to finally be able to announce the InSight 360-degree Video project is up and running! The Alberta Council for Global Cooperation, Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation, and Manitoba Council for International Cooperation have collaborated to roll out this 2-year initiative.

Between January 2020 and December 2021, The Councils will be working together to bring stories of women and girls from the Global South to children and youth across the prairies!

Join us for our media launch at 2:00pm, February 4th at the Calgary Central Library and get the opportunity to experience InSight firsthand. ​

International Development Week 2020 - Global Classroom Live Broadcast Event

Friday, February 7, 2020 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (MST)

Join Global Affairs Canada and partners, including the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation (ACGC),  for a national broadcast to mark the 30th International Development Week.

The broadcast will unite young people in a wave across Canada, via social media, to share and learn about how they #GoForTheGoals in their own communities.
Join us for a unique opportunity to be a part of this national broadcast that will stream from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Watch it with friends and families at home, in your communities, classrooms, and offices. To receive the link to the livestream, please register for this event!

Stay tuned for more program details and special guests updates on Global Affairs Canada’s Twitter accounts (@CanadaDev and @DevCanada) and ACGC’s social media platforms!

University of Alberta International Week

February 3-7, 2020 | Multiple Events
University of Alberta

From February 3-7, join University of Alberta International for keynote lectures, presentations and short dynamic Global Goals Talks to learn about the SDGs and the people working to help Canada achieve the 2030 Agenda. 

Check out the following events, and be sure to visit the website for a full schedule.

1. Keynote by Natan Obed | Monday, February 3 | 7:00-9:00 PM
Advancing Nation Building, Inuit Self-determination and Reconciliation: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Inuit Nunangat.

2. Keynote by Vien Truong | Wednesday, February 5 | 7:00-9:00 PM
Exponential Equity: How we accelerate towards a just, sustainable future for all

3. Keynote by Dr. Daniel Hiebert | Friday, February 7 | 12:00-1:00 PM
Part of Ethics, Rights, Culture and Humanization of Refugees Transdisciplinary Workshop 

Transpositions: Music for Resilient Communities

February 6, 2020 | 7:00-9:00 pm
Convocation Hall | University of Alberta

Join the Canadian Centre for Ethnomusicology an opportunity to learn about — and experience — music’s power to create human connection and sustain humanity. Attendees will hear from Thomas Mapfumo, known as the “Lion of Zimbabwe” for his immense popularity and influence in critiquing power through Chimurenga (“struggle” in Shona) — a musical genre he developed in the 1970s in support of human rights and social justice, transposing traditional mbira melodies to electric guitars.

This will be followed by a concert of Arab music featuring virtuoso musicians, Roy Abdalnour (violin) and Ahmed al-Auqaily (percussion), accompanied by Prof. Michael Frishkopf (nay and keyboard) with special guest Prof. Guillaume Tardif (classical violin). 

University of Calgary International Development Week

Join University of Calgary International for the following IDW events: 

  1. UCalgary World’s Challenge Challenge Semi-Finals

    Teams of two to four students will pitch solutions to global challenges for the chance to enter the final competition at UCalgary. The winning team from the UCalgary finals will get to compete in the Global Final World’s Challenge Challenge for a chance to win $30,000!
    February 4, 2020 | 2:00pm to 5:00pm
    BI 211, 2500 University Dr NW

  2. Am I Racist? Stories of Colonialism and Racism in Development

    Am I Racist? will focus on two segments: Racism & Development and Colonialism & Development. Examples of presentations by students, staff and faculty could include: microaggressions, racism, white privilege/saviourism, Indigenous sovereignty.
    February 5, 2020 | 3:00pm to 5:00pm 
    Blue Room, Dining Centre 105, 124 University Gate NW

  3. Careers in Sustainability and International Development
    This evening of networking with local sustainability and international development professionals will help students discover career paths and inspire their career goals. 
    February 6, 2020 | 4:00pm to 7:00pm 
    Red and White Club, 1833 Crowchild Trail NW