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International Week 

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. To address these issues, the UN established the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be achieved by 2030.

I-Week is a chance for you to hear international and local perspectives on 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 the 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.


Who are the people in our community championing the movement towards eliminating poverty and hunger, caring for our environment and reducing consumption to benefit all of us (humans, animals, and plants included)? Hear from dynamic speakers who, in 17 minutes, will enlighten us on the work they are doing, along with actions we can take to help our local, national and global communities achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Watch Previous Global Goals Talks Here


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 Emeritus 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.