In 2017, there will be no IGU Regional Conference. Instead, there will be two thematic conferences, one in Baku (‘Energy geography & balanced development’) and the other one in La Paz (Bolivia), on “Peace”. The Thematic Conference in La Paz will be held on the 24th and 25th of April 2017 and will be organised in combination with another major international scientific event, EGAL, XVI ENCUENTRO DE GEÓGRAFOS DE AMÉRICA LATINA, which will be held in the same city, from the 26th to the 29th of April. In this way, interested geographers from Europe, the U.S, Asia, will have a chance of exchanging ideas with colleagues gathering to La Paz from Brazil, Argentina and other Latin American countries.
Geography has been accused to be useful mostly to make war. On the contrary, it may offer a vast array of contributions to the construction of peace. The thematic conference “GEOGRAPHIES FOR PEACE” will cover every possible input in this sense, from the historical perspective, to the role of activities like education or tourism, to the political analysis of war and peace. For this reasons, Many different Commissions will be involved and the organisation of sessions is open.