Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada



Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

February 02, 2014 12:00 ET

Launch of International Development Week

Highlighting Canada's Results in International Development

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 2, 2014) - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, today launched the annual International Development Week (IDW), held February 2-8, 2014. International Development Week features events all across Canada that highlight what Canadians and organizations are doing to alleviate poverty around the world. The theme for International Development Week is "We are making a difference".

"During my time as Minister of International Development, I have visited some of the developing countries where Canada works, and I have seen first-hand how our assistance saves lives, helps families and transforms communities," said Minister Paradis. "Be it in the Philippines, in Haiti, or in Senegal, it is a humbling experience to witness the strength of humanity and the drive to overcome, to grow and to build a better future. I was privileged to witness the direct results Canadian actions are having on women, children and entire families, around the world, and I have rarely been more proud to be Canadian."

Partner organizations, including regional and provincial councils for international cooperation, are organizing events throughout the country to increase awareness about international development and to show how Canadians from all walks of life, and especially youth, are helping make a difference by helping developing countries lift themselves out of poverty.

For more information about IDW, as well as promotional tools and a list of events being held throughout Canada to mark the week, visit the International Development Week Web page.

Quick Facts

  • Canada is a world leader in development and humanitarian aid around the world.
  • International Development Week (IDW) is an annual, national event launched 24 years ago by the Government of Canada to highlight the work of Canada's development community and Canada's leadership in international development.

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Contact Information

  • Margaux Stastny
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Minister of International Development
    and Minister for La Francophonie
    819-953-6238
    margaux.stastny@international.gc.ca

    Media Relations Office
    Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
    613-995-1874
    media@international.gc.ca
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