World Population Scientist descent to Cape Town to consult on population issues to advance policy and development programmes


Discourse and solutions around population issues focusing on world poverty, mortality, and life expectancy, policy challenges in Africa, migration and many other population and development issues will be explored at the 28th International Population Conference (IPC) of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population (IUSSP) to be held in Cape Town. Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) will host the conference from 29 October to 4 November 2017 on behalf of the government of South Africa. This event is held every four years and would be the first time that it is coming to sub-Saharan African soil in its 89-year history, following Stats SA successful bidding.

President Jacob Zuma will address the gathering of 2 000 population scientists, policymakers, civic organisation and government leaders from 131 countries that will be in attendance. Amongst the dignitaries to deliver welcoming address is the Minister responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the Planning Commission, Mr Jeff Radebe, Dr Anastasia Gage, IUSSP President, Dr Natalia Kanem, UNFPA Executive Director and Dr Pali Lehohla, Statistician-General of South Africa and head of Stats SA. Professor Tukufu Zuberi from the University of Pennsylvania will deliver the keynote address.

Date: Sunday, 28th October 2017
Time: 16:00
Venue: Cape Town International Convention Centre

Members of the media are requested to provide their details for accreditation to the event.

For RSVP contact:

Felicia Sithole Tel: 012 339 2401 Cell: 076 430 0693 Email: [email protected].

Oteng Makgotlwe Tel: 012 406 3407 Cell: 076 473 8336 Email: [email protected].  

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Statistics South Africa.

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