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2018 International Forum: Save the Date and Call for Proposals

Save the Date: The 2018 WUSC and CECI International Forum is Coming Soon!

The next annual WUSC and CECI International Forum will be held in Ottawa from January 19 to 20, 2018.

An event you won’t want to miss, the International Forum will bring together students, academics, and professionals with representatives of governments, civil society, and social movements to learn about and discuss current shifts in international cooperation. Together, we will explore their implications for inclusive global development.

Join us in Ottawa this January for two days of panels, workshops, discussion, and exchange.

Stay tuned for additional details.

WUSC’s Annual Assembly will also take place during the International Forum. WUSC members as well as the general public are welcome to attend these meetings, though only members in good standing will be eligible to vote. Visit: to learn more.

The Call for Proposals is Now Open!

Interested in facilitating a session at the upcoming International Forum?

This year, we are looking for interested candidates to submit a proposal with their ideas for an innovative and interactive 90-minute session to be presented at the forum. The call is open to individuals and organizations and there is no limit to the number of proposals an organization or individual may submit.

The deadline for submissions is September 15, 2017.



Each concurrent session will be 90 minutes in length, including questions.


Sessions should contribute to the overall theme of the Conference: Global Solutions in a Fragmented World. For example, session topics might include:

– The role of social media in developing cross-national solidarity or constituencies.

– Innovative partnerships for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

– The role of youth in shaping political agendas.

– Women’s leadership in business and/or politics.

– Education and employment options for refugees.

– Social finance and impact investment for development.


Sessions should be pitched in a way that will draw interest from a wide range of individuals with different levels of experience and understanding of global development issues.


Sessions must be led in either English or French, or be bilingual (translation may be provided).


Sessions featuring the following characteristics will be prioritized:

– Focuses on practical solutions to current development challenges.

– Introduces new ideas and new information.

– Has a strong gender equality perspective.

– Has a group of presenters representing diverse ages, genders, and backgrounds.

– Is jointly organized by individuals and organizations representing different sectors or countries.

– Is jointly organized with an international partner from the global South.

– Utilizes creative/innovative and/or interactive delivery presentation approaches.

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