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Makerere University to host 4th edition of Kampala Geopolitics Conference

Kampala Geopolitics Conference: Makerere University is set to host the 4th edition of the event that will take place from 10th-12th November.

Fourth Edition of Kampala Geopolitics Conference

The fourth Edition of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference is set to take place at Makerere University. The event was launched by organizing partners yesterday at the institution.

The press launch attracted several organizing partners including Makerere University, the French Embassy in Uganda, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, UN Women, Alliance Française, Institut de Relations Internationales et Stratégiques (IRIS) and KAS Uganda and Sudan among others.

This year’s edition will run under the theme, “Crisis and Opportunity: Mapping the Geopolitical Importance of Africa” and will take place from 10th to 12th November 2021 in a hybrid format with physical sessions taking place live from the Makerere University Auditorium and virtually on twitter spaces.

The conference aims to give room for global-shapersissued from the national, regional and international levels, to share their expertise and to make their voice heard regarding the pressing issues our society and our planet are facing.

According to the French Embassay in Uganda, the 4th edition of Kampala Geopolitics conference will give room for sport as a soft power tool through the study case of Olympics and Paralympics.

It will also have the opportunity to discuss the development of a new Africa-European Union relationship within the framework of the post-Cotonou agreement signed last April.

The Kampala Geopolitics Conference will adopt a new format of distribution through Twitter Space. The use of Twitter space aims to promote local and international involvement of the public. This is in hopes that this solution will enable a better inclusion of the youth, to incite them to think and to engage.

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“This year’s Kampala Geopolitics Conference aims to give room for global shapers at national, regional and international level to share their expertise and to make their voices heard regarding the pressing issues our society and planet are currently facing,” Jules-Armand Aniambossou, the Ambassador of France to Uganda said at the launch.

Ms. Adekemi Ndieli, the Department Representative of UN Women Uganda, a UN entity for gender-based violence and empowerment of women, highlighted the importance of taking into account gender-related issues at the Kampala Geopolitics Conference.

“We cannot discuss geopolitics without the voices of women,” Ms. Adekelemi said.

She noted that alongside the COVID-19 pandemic, another pandemic that is gender-based violence was at a magnitude.

The Conference shall kickstart with a photo exhibition and competition. The creative board of the conference has selected the 15 finalists whose work will be exhibited at the Makerere University’s CFT2 next week.

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