International Week 2015

For a better world

International Week 2015 explored a better world where we can resolve conflict peacefully and constructively.

I-Week events tried to make sense of the world’s most current and pressing conflicts-- new wars in Ukraine and the Middle East and prolonged conflicts in Sudan, Afghanistan, and Syria (to name a few).

Participants considered causes, consequences and possible solutions, and devoted special attention to the plight of refugees and displaced persons.

Featured Guests:

  • Gwynne Dyer, award-winning author, historian and independent journalist
  • Edward Burtynsky, renowned Canadian photographer
  • Jennifer Hyndman, UAlberta alumna and Director of the Centre for Refugee Studies at York University
  • Obiageli Ezekwesili, former Nigerian Minister of Education and Vice President of the World Bank's Africa Division, Co-founder of Transparency International, and the driving force behind the #bringbackourgirls campaign
  • Right Honourable Kim Campbell, Canada’s 19th prime minister

Seeking a Home...By the Numbers

In 2013, 51.2 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide. If these 51.2 million were a nation, they would make up the 26th largest in the world.

Developing countries host 86 percent of the world’s refugees. Top host countries include Pakistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Kenya.

In the first half of 2014, Canada registered 5,800 new asylum applications, a 29% increase compared to the same period in 2013.

Learn more facts about displaced persons.



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