STATIN Hosts Three-Day Population Conference

The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN), in collaboration with the Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES), is hosting a three-day conference looking at the potential of population planning in achieving Jamaica’s and the region’s sustainable development goals.

The Department of Sociology, Social Work and Psychology at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona; the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) are also partners in hosting the event, being held at the Jamaica Conference Centre from January 25-27.

Senior Fellow at SALISES and conference organiser, Dr. Godfrey St. Bernard, in his remarks at the opening ceremony, indicated that the conference brings together researchers in the field and will facilitate discussion on demographic research and population studies to help keep the field “alive” in the Caribbean.

Dr. St. Bernard said the conference, being held under the theme: ‘Theory, Practice and Policy for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agendas’, is part of a movement to promote the importance of having demographic data available, which is gaining momentum in the region.

He said this initiative includes plans to engage the governments of the region, non-governmental organisations and other arms of civil society and assist them in addressing concerns relating to populations, sub-populations and the institutions that shape them. Read more

Source: JIS