President of the Confederation opens 2nd GESDA Summit

Geneva, 12.10.2022 - The President of the Confederation Ignazio Cassis today opened the second Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) Summit in the presence of several hundred scientists, diplomats, policymakers and ministerial guests gathered in Geneva until 14 October. In his video message, Mr Cassis emphasised the key role played by anticipatory science diplomacy. "It is vital to anticipate scientific advances and harness their benefits so that they can be shared by everyone in the world," he said.

Mr Cassis will take part in the summit on Thursday and Friday, and several high-level meetings are planned during the event. On Thursday evening he will meet Vivian Balakrishnan, Singapore's minister for foreign affairs. Like Switzerland, Singapore is a country at the cutting edge of innovation. "Scientific progress and its benefits are essential to multilateral governance, which is confronted with urgent and accelerating global challenges. This progress must be harnessed, managed and shared in a fair and inclusive manner," said Mr Cassis, who will take part in a ministerial panel on the subject on Friday.

GESDA: a foundation supported by the Confederation

GESDA was created in 2019 and enables scientists, diplomats, and representatives of the private sector and civil society to work together and develop tomorrow's solutions.

GESDA is an independent foundation that is financed as a public-private partnership. It is supported by the federal authorities as well as Geneva's cantonal and city authorities.

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