KAMPALA —Makerere University is set to host the 2nd Kampala Geopolitics on 17th and 18th October 2019.
This was revealed during a press conference for the second edition which took place on Wednesday, 2 October 2019 in the Makerere University Council Room.
The Kampala Geopolitics is organized by the Embassy of France in Uganda in partnership with Makerere University, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Uganda and South Sudan, the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs (IRIS), Alliance Francaise de Kampala and UN Women Uganda.
The two-day high level academic public event will attract elites and international researchers to discuss current geopolitical questions and trends.
Jules-Amand Aniambossou, the Ambassador of France to Uganda, said the Conference provides a platform “where we could together address the multiple challenges that affect people worldwide.”
He added that as one of the best universities in Africa, Makerere University is the perfect place to host the Conference since it brings together scholars, students, youths and the public.
The French Ambassador said while the elites are critical in development of countries, they should also debate with people on ground.
Experts from within Uganda and the African continent will be joined by international researchers to engage in participatory and documented debates on global topics.
“Today’s challenges are multifaceted and call on everyone to take action because we have many key issues; climate change, security, education, global health, SDGs and so on and so on. It is a duty of our generation to work on a new way to find solutions to our current global challenges,” Ambassador Aniambossou said.
He thanked the partners for supporting the Kampala Geopolitics Conference and the French Embassy.
Mathias Kamp, KAS country representative for Uganda and South Sudan said as the external actors, their main role is to create a platform for people to share their issues.
“It is an expression of our confidence in Makerere University as a centre of academic and intellectual excellence in Uganda and on the continent which is also reflected in the rankings,” Kamp says.
He added that; “But I think there is a third dimension that shouldn’t be overlooked which is excellence in discourse as well, in debate and discussion and that is what we want to contribute to Makerere with Geopolitics conference”
Mr. Lamp said the conference will largely feature 18 panels with key focus on a variety of topics relating to global challenges, regional trends, the sustainable development goals and culture and society.
Speakers at the conference will include Dr Hellen Nambalilwa from Makerere University, Rosa Malango from United Nations and Ambassador German Ambassador to Uganda Albrecht Conze.
Others are US ambassador Deborah Malac, BBC’s Allan Kasujja, EU Ambassador to Uganda H.E Attilio Pacifici, Max Walter from Centre for Development Alternatives, Ramathan Ggoobi, and Charles Onyango Obbo and among others.