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We believe that by bringing together scientists, political authorities, diplomats, entrepreneurs, and citizens to anticipate emerging science breakthroughs at intervals of 5, 10 and 25 years, we can more quickly achieve the goals that the international community set for itself, in particular, successfully implementing the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, a shared blueprint for humanity.

In summary: Use the Future to Build the Present!



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2023 May issue

Hot Off The Press
Peace, War and the Swiss Presidency of the UN Security Council

Spotlight on the GESDA Science Breakthrough Radar
Pathways to Achieve Zero Hunger in the World

Coming Up
GESDA Meets Zurich

In the Rearview Mirror 
GESDA Expands the Community of Support for the Open Quantum Institute

Last But Not Least
Geneva Science Diplomacy Week Returns
Activity Report 2022: Starting the 10-year Scale Up Phase of GESDA Foundation

Peace, War and the Swiss Presidency of the UN Security Council

Several international news media outlets reported on a workshop about the anticipation of peace and war organized jointly in Geneva by GESDA, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and Columbia University in New York. The workshop showed that researchers are starting to look for scientific ways to predict future conflicts. This theme resonated with Switzerland's monthlong presidency of the United Nations Security Council. The first highlight of the Swiss presidency during May was an open debate entitled "Futureproofing trust for sustaining peace," which featured the participation of one of the scientists from the workshop, ‘Funmi Olonisakin, an Anglo-Nigerian Professor serving as Vice President for International, Engagement and Service at King’s College London as well as Professor at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and Founder of the African Leadership Centre (ALC) in Kenya and the UK. A second event that generated interest in the Middle East press involved the participation of GESDA and three students from Switzerland in the Quantum Hackathon of New York University Abu Dhabi, a newly signed partner with GESDA.

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Pathways to Achieve Zero Hunger in the World

By the end of this decade, our planet will need to feed 8.5 billion people. And by mid-century, that number could jump again to 10 billion, according to the United Nations, whose Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2) – one of the 17 SDGs for 2030 – is centered on eliminating hunger and ensuring food security.
The COVID-19 pandemic, global supply chain disruptions, inflation and now the war in Ukraine have all contributed to lagging progress toward this goal, raising an important question. Can solutions be found in the science lab for this universal goal? The GESDA Science Breakthrough Radar finds reason for optimism.

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GESDA meets Zurich

At a time when artificial intelligence and its far-reaching applications, such as ChatGPT, are penetrating our society and revolutionizing the way we interact and engage with technology – raising hopes as well as concerns – it is time for us to get ahead of the game. The GESDA Foundation (Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator) invites representatives from the worlds of science, diplomacy, business and civil society to discuss our future challenges and the conditions and necessities for our being able to anticipate them. REGISTER FOR EVENT >

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GESDA expands the community of support for the Open Quantum Institute project

Elena, Elias, Alessandro and some 200 of their peers who competed at the end of April at the Hackathon of the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) are now part of the growing community that is committed to the creation of an Open Quantum Institute in Geneva as promoted by GESDA.

As a student in quantum physics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Elena did not hide the fact that "this is a special adventure because this hackathon should help us to find out how to use the next quantum computer that will be hosted in Geneva to contribute to the achievement of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals."

Supported by GESDA and the two Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich and Lausanne, the three students did not disappoint. The teams to which they were awarded received the 1st Prize (for Elias), the 3rd (for Elena) and the Public Prize (for Alessandro and his team).

It was, all in all, a first successful experience for GESDA. Others will likely follow, since NYUAD has now signed a collaboration agreement with GESDA Foundation on the Hackathon.

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Geneva Science Diplomacy Week Returns

Marking the second consecutive year of this major GESDA initiative, Geneva Science Diplomacy Week 2023 provided an impressive high-level group of participants with an educational and networking experience that took full advantage of the diverse offerings from Geneva's multilateral ecosystem.
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Annual Report 2022:

The year behind us will be remembered as the one in which GESDA Foundation successfully closed its three-year start-up phase and started its 10-year scale-up phase. The Activity Report recaps 2022's highlights and outlines with facts and figures some of the critical and successful steps we've taken since our creation in 2019.
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