International Development Week

International Development Week

International Development Week ( IDW) is Canada’s week to celebrate the difference Canadians are making around the world. An initiative to acknowledge Canadian contributions to poverty reduction, hunger alleviation, and humanitarian assistance in the developing world. Canadian individuals, the government of Canada, and civil society organizations come together to mark this week by organizing hundreds of activities across the country and abroad.

International Development Week 2024 will be held from February 4 to 10, 2024.


International Development Week (IDW) was established on 1991 by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). International Development Week is an opportunity to get together and discuss matters of international cooperation and sustainable development. The week offers an opportunity to pause and acknowledge Canadian contributions to poverty reduction and international humanitarian assistance in the developing world.

Over the last 30 years, during the first full week in February, Canadians celebrate International Development Week – an annual initiative to shine a spotlight on critical global issues, Canada’s international development efforts and those who are helping make an impact.


The day highlights the importance of collaborative efforts to implement the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). #IDW2022 aims to inform, inspire and involve Canadians in Canada’s international development efforts. The unifying message of “#GofortheGoals” represents a call to action for Canadians to support the achievement of the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs).

17 SDGs

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the world’s shared plan to end extreme poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet by 2030. Adopted by 193 countries in 2015, the SDGs emerged from the most inclusive and comprehensive negotiations in UN history and have inspired people from across sectors, geographies, and cultures. Achieving the goals by 2030 will require heroic and imaginative effort, determination to learn about what works, and agility to adapt to new information and changing trends.

1. No poverty

2. Zero hunger

3. Good health and well-being

4. Quality education

5. Gender equality

6. Clean water and sanitization

7. Affordable and clean energy

8. Decent work and economic growth

9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

10. Reduced inequalities

11. Sustainable cities and communities

12. Responsible consumption and production

13. Climate action

14. Life below water

15. Life on land

16. Peace, justice, and strong institutions

17. Partnership for the goals


Canadian individuals, the Government of Canada and civil society organizations mark this week. They organize hundreds of activities across the country and abroad. The week is celebrated with an array of events in all parts of the country. There are seminars, conferences held to encourage and involve canadian communities to play their role in a national movement for international development.

Leading up to International Development Week 2023, they are inviting people in Canada to #GoForTheGoals in their daily lives!
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