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International Development Week (IDW) 2022 will be observed from February 6 to 12. International Development Week (IDW) brings together Canadians, from coast to coast, to share and celebrate their contributions to international development assistance. The aim of International Development Week (IDW) is to draw attention to international development and to highlight the important contributions that Canadians are making through partnerships around the world. IDW features hundreds of activities across the country and abroad, and celebrates Canadian contributions to eradicating poverty and building a more peaceful, inclusive and prosperous world.
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) was established in 1968 to administer Canada’s official development assistance (ODA) program. International Development Week was initiated by the CIDA in 1990 to work for the fragile states and countries in crisis, countries of focus, and the Canadian population and institutions. The first ever event of International Development Week was held in 1998.
International Development Week Significance
International Development week is a Canadian tradition since 1991 which is held annually during the first full week of February. It celebrates the contributions of Canadians in humanitarian activities around the world. International Development Week offers an opportunity to the world to recognize and highlight the role played by Canadians in building a better world.
International Development Week 2022 Theme
Global Affairs Canada selects a theme for International Development Week every year. The theme of International Development Week 2022 is ‘Go for the goals’ which refers to the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. This theme is a call to Canadians to support the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). IDW 2022 will include 5 sub themes supporting this call: gender equality, education, health, economic resilience and climate action. These themes reflect elements of Canada’s international development priorities and the UN’s SDGs. IDW 2022 aims to inform, inspire and involve Canadians in Canada’s international development efforts.
International Development Week 2022 Celebration
International Development Week 2022 will be celebrated with an array of events and activities across the country. The government of Canada, civil society organizations and Canadian nationals join together to celebrate the week by organizing hundreds of activities across the country and abroad. Individuals can chip in and do their bit to achieve the goals by taking part in any of the following:
IDW Events 2022
- Participate in any of the activities organized as a part of the International Development Week.
- Share your story in social media about the International Development Week using the official hashtag.
- Sketch a plan that you can adopt to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Ditching the car and walk or ride a cycle to place of study or work, reducing plastic consumption and waste, supporting education for girls through an NGO etc. are some of the ways through which one can contribute to the week.
- Educate the local community about the global issues and encourage them to find solutions for these.
- Inculcate and promote sustainability in matters pertaining to daily life.
- Read books and novels that touch on global issues.
International Development Week 2022 in India
We, in India, too should do our part during the International Development Week. There are numerous ways to educate the population about the global crisis. The media, educators, students and civilians should come forward to promote awareness about global crisis.
- Schools can organize an essay contest on global issues and encourage students to read books that highlight global issues.
- Community organizations can invite speakers to educate people about the issue and also host a market showcasing fair-trade products.
- Media can prepare news regarding internal and national events taking place during the week.
International Development Week shows that the involvement of individuals from the grass root level to the topmost authority is a requisite to attain the goals of sustainability. We cannot work on the climate crisis, reduce social divisions and inequity, or achieve global peace without full contributions from all the members of society. IWD also gives high importance to empowerment of women and breaking the gender barrier. While women’s contributions to peace and security have been well documented, calls for their meaningful participation in peace processes has gone unanswered. Women’s leadership is essential for peace and progress of the world community.
International Development Week (IDW) is an opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world!