International Development Week

International Development Week (IDW) is celebrated every year in February. IDW brings together Canadians, from coast to coast to coast, to share and celebrate our contributions to international development assistance. It offers a unique opportunity to highlight the role Canadians play in building a better world, and encourages more of us - especially our youth - to be informed and to get involved.

Canada's international development has changed millions of lives for the better. However, as we mark IDW and reflect on how connected we are, how far we've come, and the long road ahead towards beating COVID-19, we realize the United Nations SDGs provide the path to building a better world. That's why our collective efforts to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are more important than ever.

They lay out a path to get us to that better world-to achieve gender equality, protect the planet and make sure everyone has access to education and healthcare, including vaccines-in Canada and abroad. This way forward is the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 SDGs, while the goals are ambitious, it is the best roadmap available to us to make a difference.

This #IDW2021, let's make a difference and # GoForTheGoals together.

IDW 2021 Events

What Book Makes You Think Globally Contest + Reading Lists


Check out our NEW updated Reading List for Global Citizens for entertaining, informative and inspiring books that you can find online or at your local library. Our UPDATED reading list features authors from Canada and the Global South. Whether you’re passionate about food security, ending poverty, supporting women’s rights, protecting the environment, or still deciding what changes you want to see in the world, we hope these books will inspire you to take action.

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