The popular Millennium Development Challenge is being re-invented in 2018-19 as the Sustainable Development Challenge.

  • The UN Goals for the MDC were 8, the focus was on developing countries, and they concluded in 2015.  The UN Sustainable Development Goals are 17 goals, are universal, and are set to complete by 2030.  Therein lies the challenge!
  • Last year, 34 teams signed up for the Sustainable Development Challenge. They worked with mentors, volunteered with charities, and prepared project proposals.

For Students:


For Educators:

for Mentors:

Open to students in Grades 8 to 12.

One team will win $5000, which will go to the charity of their choice.

Learn about 'Operation Take Two', last year's successful project from Rutland Senior Secondary on plastic recycling, as well as Mission Roots Cafe's video project

Here is what participants had to say about last year's experience.

Watch for events upcoming in September.  September 13th and 14th is Building on Progress: Climate Action across Local, Regional and Global Levels.   This is a partnership with the Global Climate Action Summit held simultaneously in San Francisco, USA. See a list of participants and partners on their website at  

More to come, including highlights in February 2019! 

Click here for the final admissions form.

global schoolhouse

During this six-day event, Grade 6 students in public, private, and home schools will experience education in a completely different way. It's a unique experience, creating quite the buzz in the community—kids do care about why other kids can't go to school!

Students must be pre-registered to attend this unforgettable experience.

See photos from previous Global Schoolhouse events.

Location: Main Street Centre (2041 Harvey Ave.)

Date: Tues, Feb 13 - Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Time: 9:30am - 11:30am & 11:40am - 1:40pm

Taste of home

Tastes, smells, dance, music—those are things which remind you of home, wherever that home may have been or how different it is from where you are now. So come have a Taste of Home. Amazing food at small prices will help you eat your way around the world—there's a huge variety of authentic ethnic foods, from appies to yummy desserts and everything in between. Non-stop stage shows keep the festive atmosphere. And, special this year—A Living Library! There's something for everyone! Bring your family, friends and neighbours.

Check out our event poster!

See photos from previous Taste of Home events.

Location: Main Street Centre (2041 Harvey Ave.)

Date: Saturday, February 10, 2018

Time: 5:30pm - 8:30pm

Admission: $1 per person; max $3 per family. Food tickets are $1 each, with a varying number of tickets needed per item.

An artist's eye on the world

Artists are known for helping us see things differently. Using artistic mediums—including visual and spoken art, music, photography, dance, and even laughter—this event gives fresh eyes to various issues of sustainable development. For 2018, An Artists Eye on the World will include several artistic events in cooperation with local partners. 

See photos from previous An Artist's Eye on the World events.

Global Citizen Events is partnering with Hands in Service, with partial funding through Heritage Canada as we together support and represent a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Join us for “A Magical Night of Laughter – Love Gives Back Campaign." We are excited to bring you this much enjoyed event featuring two winning performers: comedian Tim Nutt and the magical talents of Leif David.

“I honestly have not laughed that hard in a long, long time. My sides were cramping up and my face was hurting!! We were absolutely impressed, left wanting to hear more, and wondering when we can see his stand-up again?!”

Doors open at 6pm and will include Roaming Magician, Dancers, Silent Auction and Live Auction featuring Door Prizes, Music, and more with the stage show starting at 7:15pm!

Proceeds will support “Living Salads – the Portable Community Garden” project. Help us supply 300 “At Risk” adults and children with an indoor/outdoor planters containing all they need to grow their own salads from May to October!

Location: Okanagan College KLO Theatre

Date: Feb 17, 2018

Time: stage show starts at 7:15pm

Tickets are $20 -- get them here.


Global speaker series

An inspirational speaker to Entertain, Educate, and Inspire Change.The title of this year's talk is The Time is Now. It's a Mayor's Forum on Sustainability. For more information, check our Facebook page.

Click here to see the event poster!

Location: Kelowna Community Theatre

Date: Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Time: doors open at 6:00pm

Tickets are $10 each -- click here to buy.

Past speakers have included Craig and Mark Kielburger, Romeo Dallaire, Stephen Lewis, and more.

See pictures from previous Global Speaker Series events.

global children's villages

Global Children's Villages introduces younger families to arts and diversity. Ethnic artists helped by local Girl Guides will host cultural crafts, games, and unique activities; Aboriginal storytelling; and tons of music and dance. Global Children's Villages are part of the larger Lake Country Indoor Children's Festival.

Would you like to showcase an activity from your cultural background? Let us know!

Location: Lake Country Community Gym (9950 Main St.)

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2018

Time: 11am - 3pm

Global Music Fest

A concert to showcase musicians and bands popular with young adult audiences.

We're looking for a partner for our 2018 event.

Location: TBA

Date: TBA

Time: TBA

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Global Marketplace

Features local not-for- profits and social enterprises which have a focus on one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals. For 2018, we will be highlighting the charities which are part of the youth Sustainable Development Challenge.

The ‘trade-show’ type set-up will be held in conjunction with the Global Speaker Series and/or with the youth Sustainable Development Challenge.

Location: Kelowna Community Theatre

Date: Wed, Feb 21, 2018

Time: doors open at 6:00pm; booths will be open before, at intermission, and after the Speaker Series event.

Reserve your table nowemail us here.