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25th Annual International Development Week Launch Highlights Innovative Manitobans

Released on February 3rd 2015

25th Annual International Development Week Launch Highlights Innovative Manitobans

The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) will celebrate International Development Week (IDW) 2015 in the Rotunda at the Manitoba Legislature today, on Tuesday February 3, at 11:45am with opening remarks given by Premier Greg Selinger. 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 2015 International Development Week is “We are making a difference”.

MCIC has produced five video profiles of Manitobans whose work in the field of international development is making a difference, some of which will be premiered at the launch.

“International Development Week, the first full week of February, is proclaimed by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) and highlights and illustrates the work of Canada’s development community,” says Janice Hamilton, Executive Director of MCIC. This year’s celebration will mark 25 years of IDW: “We’re thrilled to showcase the impressive contributions that Manitobans have made globally in this field, and we invite everyone to attend this celebration.”

Our IDW 2015 program includes: • Opening remarks from Premier Greg Selinger • Premiere of a spoken word piece created by Manitoba high school students to celebrate IDW • A screening of a video profile highlighting Manitobans who are making a difference globally • Pecha Kucha presentation highlighting the use of innovation in international development • A modern dance piece, inspired by women and development • Displays of development organizations

Public Launch of International Development Week 2015 in Manitoba Manitoba Legislative Building, 450 Broadway, Winnipeg, MB Tuesday, February 3, 2015 11:45am – 1:00pm

Videos available at www.mcic.ca, photos available on request