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Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa will host the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). Stellenbosch University... SU hosts prestigious international meeting

Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa will host the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS).

Stellenbosch University (SU) in South Africa will host the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS). It is the first time in ACUNS’ history that its Annual Meeting will take place on the African continent. The 3-day event (June 19 – 21, 2019 ) will be held at SU’s Stellenbosch Campus, with the opening session at the Stellenbosch Municipality’s Town Hall.

The theme of the meeting ‘The United Nations and Africa: Progress Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’ not only reflects the crucial role of Africa in the formulation and implementation of global development policies, but also the fundamental relationship between Africa and the United Nations, and indeed the rest of the world. The event brings together a global audience of students, scholars, practitioners and United Nations staff.

The SU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Wim de Villiers, opens the event in the Stellenbosch Town Hall on 19 June 2019 at 13:30 together with the Stellenbosch Executive Mayor, Adv Gesie van Deventer, and Chair of ACUNS, Prof Roger Coate.

The opening is followed by the first keynote speaker, Mr Msingathi Sipuka, the UN Strategic Advisor and Head of the Resident Coordinator’s Office in South Africa (June 19th, 2pm Town Hall, Plein Street) and Adv Thuli Madonsela, former South African Public Protector and Chair, Law Faculty Trust for Social Justice and Professor at Stellenbosch University (June 20th 2pm Adam Small Theatre Complex, Victoria Street.

Three plenary panels with representatives from inter alia The Commonwealth Secretariat, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime, The Kofi Anan Peacekeeping Training Centre and Youth Advocates Ghana address issues of sustainable development, human rights and democracy, and crime and conflict. Almost 175 participants from 60 different countries present papers in 32 different panel workshops, which include such issues as persistent inequality, access to electricity and water, political participation in post-apartheid South Africa, women in rural areas, gender challenges, maritime security and the blue economy, terrorism and crime, peace and inclusive societies in Africa.

The event intends to foster the academic and policy discussions on current barriers to the progression of our global sustainable development by bringing together a diverse group of experts from Africa and the rest of the world. The ASCUNS Annual Meeting’s Stellenbosch partner (SIGLA) has received a generous grant from the South African National Research Foundation. The grant secured the participation of 40 delegates from the African continent at this first ACUNS Annual Meeting in Africa to ensure that views of African scholars and practitioners are heard as well and to keep in step with the objectives of both ACUNS, and Stellenbosch University.

The meeting coincides with the end of South Africa’s first 6 months of its 2-year non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council and provides a good opportunity for some workshops to review South Africa’s achievements and its role as an advocate for the whole of Africa, 25 years after the United Nations lifted the sanctions against South Africa. 

It is the first time in ACUNS’ history that its Annual Meeting will take place on the African continent. The 3-day event (June 19 – 21, 2019 ) will be held at SU’s Stellenbosch Campus, with the opening session at the Stellenbosch Municipality’s Town Hall.

The theme of the meeting ‘The United Nations and Africa: Progress Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals’ not only reflects the crucial role of Africa in the formulation and implementation of global development policies, but also the fundamental relationship between Africa and the United Nations, and indeed the rest of the world. The event brings together a global audience of students, scholars, practitioners and United Nations staff.

The SU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Wim de Villiers, opens the event in the Stellenbosch Town Hall on 19 June 2019 at 13:30 together with the Stellenbosch Executive Mayor, Adv Gesie van Deventer, and Chair of ACUNS, Prof Roger Coate.

The opening is followed by the first keynote speaker, Mr Msingathi Sipuka, the UN Strategic Advisor and Head of the Resident Coordinator’s Office in South Africa (June 17th, 2pm Town Hall, Plein Street) and Adv Thuli Madonsela, former South African Public Protector and Chair, Law Faculty Trust for Social Justice and Professor at Stellenbosch University (June 18th 2pm Adam Small Theatre Complex, Victoria Street.

Three plenary panels with representatives from inter alia The Commonwealth Secretariat, the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime, The Kofi Anan Peacekeeping Training Centre and Youth Advocates Ghana address issues of sustainable development, human rights, and democracy, and crime and conflict. Almost 175 participants from 60 different countries present papers in 32 different panel workshops, which include such issues as persistent inequality, access to electricity and water, political participation in post-apartheid South Africa, women in rural areas, gender challenges, maritime security and the blue economy, terrorism and crime, peace and inclusive societies in Africa.

The event intends to foster the academic and policy discussions on current barriers to the progression of our global sustainable development by bringing together a diverse group of experts from Africa and the rest of the world. The ASCUNS Annual Meeting’s Stellenbosch partner (SIGLA) has received a generous grant from the South African National Research Foundation. The grant secured the participation of 40 delegates from the African continent at this first ACUNS Annual Meeting in Africa to ensure that views of African scholars and practitioners are heard as well and to keep in step with the objectives of both ACUNS, and Stellenbosch University.

The meeting coincides with the end of South Africa’s first 6 months of its 2-year non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council and provides a good opportunity for some workshops to review South Africa’s achievements and its role as an advocate for the whole of Africa, 25 years after the United Nations lifted the sanctions against South Africa.

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