International Week


International Week 2019: February 4 - 8

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the focus of this year's International Week. Seventeen SDGs, to be achieved by 2030, were adopted by all UN Member States to ensure that all countries take action to end poverty and inequality while addressing climate change and preserving our oceans and forests.

During I-Week, which coincides with Canada's International Development Week, many local and international experts will speak about the SDGs. Speakers will share their views on the problems as well as the solutions to reach these Goals. 

Join us for I-Talks where dynamic speakers will, in 17 minutes, enlighten us on the work that is already being done, and the actions we can take, to help Canada and the world achieve each Goal. 

We will also welcome keynote speakers from around the globe to take us deeper into the work being done in the areas of gender, poverty, education and the environment.

More details of International Week 2019 will be online soon!


About I-Week

International Week is the largest annual extracurricular educational event on campus and fosters global citizenship through engagement with today's most pressing issues.

Established in 1986, International Week (or I-Week) is one of the University of Alberta’s signature events, featuring free events designed to instigate new thoughts, inspire discussions and animate debates on current global issues. I-Week's award-winning program provides a forum for all segments of the U of A community—students, staff and faculty—as well as government departments, non-governmental organizations and civil society to present their own particular views on global issues and share their solutions to create a better world.

"International Week brings global conversations to the University of Alberta. We’ve built a diverse and exceptional community spanning our five campuses, and I-Week creates a space where we can hear each other, see from new perspectives, and find solutions together. We want to inspire engaged citizens and leaders who can think globally when tackling local problems. International Week helps to nourish and encourage those next-generation leaders." - University of Alberta President David Turpin, 2016.

In 2009, International Week won the Canadian Bureau of International Education's Outstanding Program Award for high quality and highly creative programming in international education.