The Manitoba government has proclaimed February 5 to 11 as International Development Week as part of a national initiative that encourages all Canadians to learn more about and actively contribute to international development, Premier Brian Pallister announced today.
“International Development Week celebrates the partnerships between civil society organizations, governments and community leaders who are addressing the social, political and environmental inequalities of our world,” Pallister said. “Our government is committed to educating and engaging Manitobans on global issues that will result in stronger, safer and more prosperous communities both in our province and around the world.”
The Manitoba government will celebrate this year’s theme, Leave No One Behind: Canada Contributes to Global Goals!, which recognizes the collective efforts and obligations to achieve the sustainable development goals identified in the United Nations Agenda 2030.
“While our government faces significant fiscal challenges, it is important that we invest in targeted initiatives that will ensure future generations have the necessary supports to build safe and strong communities,” said Pallister. “I am pleased to confirm that our government will provide the Manitoba Council for International Cooperation $1.2 million as part of the Manitoba Matching Grant Program.”
For the 2017-18 fiscal year, $1.2 million will be appropriated for Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC), which maintains the 2016-17 funding level that was increased by 20 per cent over 2015-16, the premier said. Additionally, $13,000 in continued funding will be provided from Manitoba Education and Training to support work within Manitoba to engage teachers and students in global citizenship and environmental sustainability issues, he added.
“International Development Week is an opportunity to showcase how Manitobans are working together for the Global Goals,” said Janice Hamilton, executive director, MCIC. “We invite people to walk through the Rotunda at the Manitoba Legislative Building and see these goals in action with a gallery of Manitoba-powered projects making a difference at home and around the world.”