Global Education

International Week

International Week 2020
February 3 - 7 

A warming globe, increasing numbers of refugees and displaced persons, gender disparity, economic inequalities, freshwater shortages, famine, war… We are bombarded with these issues and many others facing the planet and its inhabitants every day.  The UN established the Sustainable Development Goals to address these issues, but time is running out.  We have ten years until the 2030 deadline to reach the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. How can we do it? 

Find hope and opportunity for action at International Week 2020 (I-Week). 

I-Week is a chance for you to hear various perspectives and to engage in deep conversations about global issues. International Week speakers will connect their work to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which were adopted in 2015 The Goals call on governments and civil society around the world to address the world’s most pressing issues from poverty and education to health and environment.  

UAlberta’s annual International Week is an incubator of ideas and a source of inspiration for us to work together for a better world. 


Key Events


Natan Obed

Advancing Nation Building, Inuit Self-determination and Reconciliation: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Inuit Nunangat. Learn more


Stories of Hope
Hear stories of hope about individuals and groups changing their worlds for the better. Storytellers include Arif Alibhai; Janis Irwin; Tololwa M. Mollel; and Bridget Stirling. Learn more


Vien Truong 
Exponential Equity: How we accelerate towards a just, sustainable future for all. Learn more


Transpositions: Music for Resilient Sustainable Communities. Learn more  

Global Goals Talks at International Week

Join us daily, Monday through Thursday from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, for 17-minute talks on the 17  Sustainable Development Goals.  Learn more

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.