Gatineau, Quebec - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today helped launch International Development Week (IDW), which will take place from February 1 to 7, 2015. The Minister noted that this year marks the 25th anniversary of this annual event, which aims to raise awareness of international development issues, and invited Canadians to take part in one of the many activities taking place across the country.
“I have often heard it said that Canadians—as individuals or as representatives of civil society organizations and various partner organizations—represent Canada brilliantly around the world. Since becoming Minister of International Development, I have had the chance to see this with my own eyes. Through their activities, Canadians embody our country’s values on the international stage and play an important role in efforts being made
IDW is made possible through a partnership between Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and Canada’s provincial and regional councils for international cooperation. It aims to showcase the work being done by Canadians to reduce poverty around the world and to invite more people to commit to helping those who are most in need.
For more information about IDW and a list of activities that are taking place in Canada, please visit the International Development Week website.
- Canada is a world leader in humanitarian assistance and development.
- IDW is an annual national event that the Government of Canada launched 25 years ago to highlight the work of Canada’s development community and Canada’s role in international development.