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International Development Week celebrated on campus Feb. 6-10

Activities include workshops, speakers and panel discussions
January 30, 2017

International Development Week will be taking place on campus from Feb. 6-10. All events are free of charge. 

Students, faculty and staff are invited to join in the conversation around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) during International Development Week 2017.

Organized by University of Calgary International, International Development Week (IDW) is a Canada-wide event, spearheaded by Global Affairs Canada as an opportunity to highlight the work of Canada's development community and the work of Canada in international development.

“International Development Week plays an important role in engaging with local and global partners in sharing knowledge and experiences around innovative ideas, best practices and priorities around global development issues,” says Savera Hayat-Dade, director, programs and international development unit. “Hosting International Development Week on campus aligns well with our International Strategy, which focuses on using our unique strengths to engage in international development and contribute towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.”

Activities during the week include workshops, speakers and panel discussions designed to bring together the University of Calgary and the broader Calgary community to develop a deeper understanding and knowledge around international development issues, as well as celebrating people and organizations who are making positive changes in their local communities and around the globe. All events are free of charge.

Event schedule:

  • Opening Ceremony, Feb. 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Alberta Room, Dining Centre

The opening event will feature a keynote address by Janice Eisenhauer, ‎Executive Director at Canadian Women for Women in Afghanistan, who will provide her reflection on the importance of the SDGs in the context of human rights and access to education.

Sustainable Development Goals in Focus. Feb. 7, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Great Hall, Rozsa Centre

This event will examine the SDGs from different perspectives. Experts will discuss the impacts and obligations these goals bring to universities, industry, government and civil society during a panel discussion and focus groups.

Sustainable Development Goals and Global Health, Feb. 8, 11 a.m.- noon, Heritage Medical Research Building Atrium, Foothills Campus and 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. in the MacEwan Centre North Courtyard, Main Campus

Join the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research UCalgary Student Chapter for an open discussion on global health. Student participation is encouraged throughout.

International Development: From Theory to Practice, Feb.9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Alberta Room, Dining Centre

This event will feature stories and presentations by international development practitioners. Each speaker will discuss a different topic in this come and go event.

Opportunities in International Development, Feb. 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Evans Room, Rozsa Centre

This event focuses on career pathways in international development and opportunities to engage in this sector. Sessions include information on preparing for and obtaining international development work, realities of working in the field, the value of study abroad and internships, and opportunities in academic and applied research.

He Named Me Malala, Feb. 10, 5:30 – 8 p.m., Science Theatre 145

He Named Me Malala is an intimate portrait of Malala Yousafzai, who was wounded when Taliban gunmen opened fire on her and her friends’ school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley after she spoke out on behalf of girls’ education.

For further information on all these events and to register, visit the IDW website