The 30th anniversary of the International Development Week (IDW) will be celebrated by the Government of Canada, Canadian civil society organizations and Canadians with an array of events all over the country.

Calendar of events

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Celebrate IDW by participating in activities organized across the country.

Take part in the #GoForTheGoals social media challenge!

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From January 13 to February 8, we are challenging Canadians to take actions to support the Global Goals and post about them on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Organizing an IDW activity

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Photo Credit : Allan Lissner

Contribute to the success of IDW by hosting your very own activity. Check out the different types of activities you could organize.

Promotion tools

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Show your support for international assistance by using the official IDW 2020 visuals, which includes posters and social media banners.

For IDW’s 30th anniversary, let’s #GoForTheGoals!

This year’s International Development Week theme is “Go for the Goals”. Referring to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, this theme illustrates the idea of moving forward in a collaborative and positive way toward a better world.

This way forward is the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This Agenda is a global plan of action aiming to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. In other words, it is a path that seeks to shift the world toward a less wasteful, less destructive and more sustainable and equitable mindset. One where no one goes hungry, no one feels unsafe, and no one is left behind.

While this Agenda involves ambitious goals, we can achieve them if we #GoForTheGoals together.

With only a decade until 2030, this edition of the International Development Week is an ideal moment to highlight the achievements and the efforts Canadians have made toward reaching the SDGs.

Media relations

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Contact us

For any questions, contact the International Development Week team by email at, or telephone (613-944-4000 in the National Capital Region or toll-free at 1-800-267-8376).

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