The 3rd APA International Conference

The 3rd APA International Conference

APA BACKGROUND

Asia is the world’s largest and most populous continent. With almost four billion people, it is home to more than 60% of the world’s current population, including the two largest national populations; China and India. Asia is also the center of some of the fastest sustained economic growth rates in the world as well as some of the most intractable problems of poverty. It is home to several language families and many language isolates. Indeed, Asia is both diverse and dynamic in terms of population growth trends. There are many emerging population issues having significant impacts on the future of the world’s population as they pose major challenges to communities and local governments across the region. Thus, there is a great need for scientific studies of population which can be translated into policy actions in countries with diverse socio-demographic settings.

After nearly three years in the making, the APA finally took root in the form of an online forum in 2007. Many distinguished scholars contributed to the online discussion resulting in the formation of the Establishment Committee (EC) of the APA. In December 2007, the first meeting of the EC was held at the Department of Demography of the University of Tehran in Tehran, Iran, where the interim constitution was drafted and the activities of the APA were planned.

 The association was later registered in Bangkok and the Secretariat set up at the College of Population Studies of Chulalongkorn University. A nominations committee was also constituted to identify distinguished scholars from the region to contest the first election of APA for various council positions. During September-October 2008, APA successfully conducted an online election in which nearly 66 percent of the 578 eligible registered members participated. Both the process and outcome of the election have resulted in having scholars with creditable academic records on APA’s council.   The third online election of the APA was held in 2012 and the following members were elected as council members.