French Embassy, Makerere Announce 2nd Kampala Geopolitics Conference

French Ambassador to Uganda, France to Uganda H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou (2nd L) speaking at a news conference.

Makerere University will host the second Kampala Geopolitics Conference on October 17, according to the program released by the French Embassy and other partners on Wednesday.

The two-day event scheduled to take place on 17th and 18th October 2019.

The program release follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony on July 31, 2019 between partners; the Embassy of France in Uganda, Makerere University, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Uganda and South Sudan, UN Women Uganda, Alliance Francaise de Kampala and Reach A Hand Uganda.

At a news conference at the University on Wednesday, the Ambassador of France to Uganda H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou said this year’s Kampala Geopolitics Conference will not only ride on the roaring success of the first edition but also seek to make it bigger and better.

“The Kampala Geopolitics Conference will for the first time incorporate the Student Debate featuring students from Makerere University. This is all aimed at training the young generation to embrace and promote the culture of academic debate at a global level,” the French envoy said.

Aniambossou further noted that the world today is confronted by multifaceted challenges in the form of Climate Change, Insecurity, Global Health Challenges, as well as all those that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) seek to address.

These challenges, he said, were unfortunately being addressed by two radically opposing approaches of disintegration; where parties withdraw into their smaller national or sub-national alliances and illusion; where parties are oblivious of the dangers posed.

“Our role as partners of the Kampala Geopolitics Conference is to introduce a third approach through bringing leading academics from Africa and the world together with diplomats, students and the public to reflect, debate and through disruption come up with a right solution” explained H.E. Aniambossou.

This year’s event will host 18 roundtables and further exchange platforms on a variety of topics relating to; Global Challenges, Regional Trends, SDGs, Culture and Society.

“Makerere University is no longer the Ivory Tower where knowledge is generated and consumed internally,” said the Manager Communication and International Relations, Dr. Muhammad Kiggundu Musoke who represented Makerere’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe.

“Through events such as Kampala Geopolitics Conference, we are reviving the spirit of debate and opening our gates to create an interactive and dynamic platform for dialogue and free exchange of ideas cutting across contemporary, local and international geopolitics,” Dr. Kiggundu added.

Mathias Kamp, the Country Representative, KAS Uganda and South Sudan shared that the 2nd edition of the Conference is a fulfilment by the partners that event would not be a one-off.

“In my view, the Kampala Geopolitics Conference is not just an event but an institution on its own already,” Kramp said.

“This is the number one flagship event for KAS and the largest on our annual calendar. It provides us with the rare opportunity to bring the full force of our Think Tank Network from around the world to Makerere University to freely exchange ideas and debate various topics related to geopolitics”.

He said the choice of Makerere University as host is a vote of confidence in its reputation as a Centre of Excellence in not only teaching, research and knowledge transfer but also in Academic Discourse and Debate.

The two-day event is set to be held in the Main Hall and Senior Common Room in the Main Building as well as the Freedom Square.

It will be graced by a number of Heads of Diplomatic Missions in Uganda, in addition to the partner Ambassador, H.E Jules-Armand Aniambossou. These will include; the German Ambassador-H.E. Albrecht Conze, US Ambassador-H.E. Deborah Malac and the EU Ambassador-H.E. Attilio Pacific.

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