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Uganda to host the 8th African Population Conference

L-R: (1st Row) Ag. Dir. CPAS-Mrs. Agnes Ssekiboobo, UAPS President-Prof. Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe and Assoc. Prof. Nazarius Mbona Tumwesigye with L-R: (2nd Row), Ms. Hope Nzeire, Ms. Nabawanuka Juliet Zoe, Mr. Esau Atwongeirwe, Dr. Yovani Lubaale, Prof. Leonard Atuhaire, Dr. Abel Nzaboona, Dr. John Mushomi, Dr. Stephen Wandera and Mr. Adrian Ssessanga after the meeting on 27th February 2018, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Uganda will host the 8th African Population Conference in November 2019. (PHOTO/File)

UGANDA – The Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) has officially announced that Uganda will host the 8th  edition of the African Population Conference from November 18-22, 2019 in Kampala with the theme “Harnessing Africa’s Population Dynamics for Sustainable Development: 25 Years after Cairo and Beyond.”

According to UAPS’s the conference will be jointly hosted by the Government of Uganda and UAPS.

“The conference is being hosted by the Government of Uganda under the auspices of the National Population Council (NPC) of Uganda which is currently headed by Dr. Jotham Musinguzi” reads a statement from their website.

On behalf of the Government of Uganda, the Minister of State for Finance, Planning and Economic Development, Hon. David Bahati signed the commitment letter to host the 8th African Population Conference on Tuesday, October 3, 2017.

The conference was officially launched in Uganda by the Vice President, Hon. Edward Ssekandi during the Commemoration of the World Population Day in Uganda on July 11, 2018, in Omoro district.

The goal of the conference is to assess how Africa, 25 years after the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, can harness its unique population dynamics for sustainable development, using rigorous evidence to establish roadmaps to respond to these critical development challenges.

The conference will bring together researchers, policymakers, programme implementers, civil society, donors and sectoral influencers to discuss issues relevant to the African population, including (but not limited to) national, regional and continental investments to address rapid urbanization, population growth, sexual and reproductive health, technology, youth, the demographic dividend and capacity building.

Every four years, The Union for African Population Studies (UAPS) organizes a general conference on the African population. The aim of this conference is to share and disseminate research evidence on population and development issues and explore ways for applying the research evidence to improve policies and programs aimed at uplifting the well-being of people in Africa.

The conference provides an opportunity for networking and knowledge sharing among researchers, policymakers, program managers, international development partners, and other key stakeholders in the population field. The conference includes various capacity building activities targeted at young scholars.

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