ACIC will continue to post new and relevant information ranging from survey results to news articles that may be of interest to anyone interested in international development.


Local Haligonian is applauded during International Volunteer Day

Halifax, NS. November 30, 2016

Aisha Abawajy has been a volunteer in Halifax for many years. Ms. Abawajy is a Second year Applied Computer Science Student at Dalhousie with a minor in Political Science. She is involved in various student organizations on campus including the Dalhousie African Student Association and the Dalhousie Amnesty International Chapter. Although Aisha was born and raised in Halifax, NS, her parents both immigrated from Oromia, Ethiopia. Because of her intersectional identity, she understands the value and necessity of diversity in the workforce at school and across all aspects of society.

Ms. Abawajy will be one of the featured speakers for an International Volunteer Day reception, to be hosted by the Honourable Joanne Bernard, Minister of Community Services, on Monday, December 5th at Nova Scotia Province House.

See more here.


Why sustainable peace is women’s business too

Bangkok, Thailand: International Women’s Day - March 8, 2016

The Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok has seen an increasing number of women receive Global Peace Fellowships since the program’s inception ten years ago. This high participation of women is in stark contrast to formal peace negotiations globally where there continues to be an imbalance in the representation of women. According to a study by UN Women, between 1992 and 2009, fewer than four percent of signatories to peace agreements and less than ten percent of negotiators at peace tables were women... See full release here.


Open letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

The Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN), of which ACIC is a part, has collectively written an open five-point letter to Mr. Justin Trudeau addressing key areas for the international development sector moving into the coming years. 

  1. A reversal of the downward trend in the percentage of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in relation to Gross National Income (GNI)
  2. A renewed partnership with Canadian civil society organizations 
  3. An integration of Canadian foreign policy with the SDGs including a universal approach and an understanding that none of the goals are achievable in isolation
  4. A renewed affirmation regarding the role of civil society as development actors in our own right
  5. A genuine commitment to engage Canadians as active global citizens

See the full letter here.


Nova Scotians challenged to apply Global Goals to local realities

Halifax, October 14, 2015 ─ Shannon Kindornay, a recognized expert on the recently adopted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), will discuss what this new global agenda means for Nova Scotia, in an upcoming public event, to be held at the McCain Building, 6135 University Avenue on October 20th at 7:30 p.m. See full release here.


September 24, 2015-Local New Brunswicker among Eight Canadian Youth Traveling to New York for UN Summit

Local New Brunswicker, Stephanie McAnany will join eight young leaders from across Canada travelling to New York City this week to attend the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development.

McAnany will be joining the Pope, President Obama and 191 other world leaders as they gather in New York at the United Nations and commit to 17 Global Goals to achieve three remarkable things over the next 15 years: End extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change.

See full news release here.


June 29, 2015–Jocelyn LeBlanc, Drew Dalziel, Egan John, and Caroline Nochasak about to embark on a journey they won’t soon forget. These four Atlantic Canadian youth will represent New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador respectively, as part of a ten day tour to Honduras from July seventh to seventeenth. Organized by the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) and the Falls Brook Centre (FBC), the Global Youth Leaders Tour is an opportunity for young Atlantic Canadians to increase their understanding of international cooperation and discover how they can have an impact. See their respective news releases below.



Un jeune du Nouveau-Brunswick se rend au Honduras Communiqué de Presse

29 juin, 2015 – Âgé de 18 ans, Jocelyn LeBlanc est sur le point de vivre un voyage qu’il n’est pas prêt d’oublier. Sélectionné avec trois autres jeunes Canadiens des provinces de l’Atlantique, il représentera le Nouveau-Brunswick au cours d’une tournée de 10 jours au Honduras qui se tiendra du 7 au 17 juillet. Organisée par le Conseil Atlantique pour la coopération internationale (CACI) et le Falls Brook Centre (FBC), la Tournée Internationale des leaders jeunesse se révèle une occasion pour les jeunes Canadiens des Maritimes de mieux comprendre la coopération internationale et de réaliser la façon dont ils peuvent faire une différence...


Young NB Leader Chosen for Global Citizenship Award NEWS RELEASE

June 22, 2015. Halifax, NS:The Shirley Case Leadership Award for Global Citizenship is presented annually to an individual in Atlantic Canada who has demonstrated a spirit of global citizenship in a local, national or international capacity and who has helped create a more just and sustainable world. The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) was pleased to present this award to Rosamund Mosse at its Annual General Meeting and Symposium Friday, June 12th at the RCAF Wing 150, St. John’s, Newfoundland. Read the full press release here.


Local and International Groups Gather to Talk About Water Justice

June 8, 2015. ST. JOHN’S, NL: The Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC), an umbrella organization with more than 70 members across the Atlantic, will be holding its annual Symposium this year in St. John’s, Newfoundland.The event titled “Sacred Waters: The future of human cultures and livelihoods in a sea of change”, will take place Thursday, June 11, 2015 until Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Memorial University of Newfoundland...

Read the full press release here.


Atlantic organizations chosen to provide international internships for young professionals

May 13, 2015- The Minister of International Cooperation and La Francophonie, Christian Paradis, announced yesterday that the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) and six of its member organizations will provide 40 recent post-secondary graduates opportunities to develop experience through eight-month internships over the next two years. See full news release here.

You can find DFATD's press release "Canada Gives Canadians Opportunities to Get Involved in International Development" here.


Canadians know that we can do better for the world’s poorest

April 24, 2015 – Ninety-four percent of Canadians agree that it is important to improve health, education and economic opportunity for the world’s poorest, according to the poll results report, “Canadian Perspectives on International Development,” co-launched by the Inter-Council Network of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation (ICN) and Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB). The report is based on a public opinion poll undertaken in February 2015 by the ICN and EWB in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. This poll builds on similar polls conducted in Canada, such as the 2012 Canadian Engagement in Global Poverty Issues poll by the ICN, and those conducted in other G7 countries through The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Narrative Project. See the full release here.



Charlottetown, PEI  The PEI members of the Atlantic Council for International Cooperation (ACIC) are excited to announce a series of events which will be held in celebration of the 25th Anniversary of International Development Week and the 40th Anniversary of ACIC. These events will be held at two venues.

Find out more in the press release.


Canada Leading the World in Saving Lives of Mothers and Children

Minister Paradis highlights Prime Minister Harper’s leadership on maternal, newborn and child health

December 23, 2014 – Ottawa, Ontario – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today highlighted Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s ongoing leadership on improving the lives of women and children in developing countries and reiterated Canada’s commitment to achieving the goal of ending preventable deaths of mothers and children within a generation. See the full release here.


Lack of timely and predictable funding from DFATD having detrimental impact on developing countries as well as Canadian organizations 

Halifax, June 12, 2014. A new report launched today by the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) and the Inter-Council Network (ICN) of Provincial and Regional Councils for International Cooperation, establishes a direct link between the lack of support and funding opportunities from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) over the past three years, and a significantly reduced Canadian presence and impact in developing countries. See the full release here.


IYIP / IAYI / Volunteer Coop

On May 14th, 2014, the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) issued three calls for proposals: two for International Youth Internships (IYIP and IAYI) and one for Volunteer Cooperation Program.

See full details here.