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Good morning, this is Michelle. The war in Ukraine has awakened the generosity of international donors, with millions being poured into humanitarian aid for the victims. But the display of solidarity also lays bare their failure to tend to Africa’s ever growing crises – a clear show of discrimination, says the Norwegian Refugee Council.

Meanwhile across the pond, International Geneva could share some of Switzerland's spotlight as the country prepares to win a seat at the UN Security Council. Plus, a UN investigation condemns Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories.

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Michelle Langrand


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Displaced communities living in church buildings after having fled the Ituri conflict in DRC. Picture taken on 28 April 2022. (Credit: Hugh Kinsella Cunningham/NRC)

Forsaking Africa. Each year, the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) publishes a list of the 10 most neglected displacement crises in the world. The purpose is to focus on the plight of people whose suffering rarely makes international headlines, who receive no or inadequate assistance, and who never become the centre of attention for international diplomacy efforts. For the first time, the top 10 list is composed entirely of African countries. Jan Egeland, NRC’s sSecretary general, answers our questions.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

A springboard for Switzerland. If all goes according to plan, Switzerland will sit on the United Nations Security Council in 2023 and 2024, at the very heart of the world's most important multilateral body. Never before has the country had such a springboard into the international scene. Never before has a foreign minister had such an opportunity to promote Switzerland’s diplomacy of good offices and to establish the reputation of international Geneva. In this opportunity, President of the Confederation Ignazio Cassis could find his lucky star.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Science and diplomacy reads by GESDA

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First cultured hambuger. (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

‘Our grandchildren are going to ask us about why we ate meat from slaughtered animals back in 2022’. The quote is from Josh Tetrick, the chief executive of the company Eat Just, who will soon build the world’s biggest cultured meat factory in the US for its division called GOOD meat (read below Singularity Hub’s article).

Culture meat, as the article describes, is “grown from animal cells and is biologically the same as meat that comes from an animal. The process starts with harvesting muscle cells from an animal, then feeding those cells a mixture of nutrients and naturally-occurring growth factors so that they multiply, differentiate, then grow to form muscle tissue”.

In 2013, I had the chance, as a reporter for Le Temps, to attend the first presentation and testing of the first ever beefsteak, in London. At the time, the cost of one piece of meat was CHF300,000. It is now of only a few dozen Swiss francs, in a development that went much quicker than expected. Now, there are about 170 companies around the world working on cultured meat, but “Good Meat is the only company to have gained regulatory approval to sell its product to the public. It began serving cultivated chicken in Singapore in December 2020”, as The Guardian recalls.

But, as Le Monde explains, two reports now bring clouds in the blue sky of cultivated meat: the first one describes the threat that this new market will be dominated and controlled by the few companies producing such “fake” meat, which will be able to establish a “protein politics” by promoting massively these new dietary regimes. And the second study shows that, indeed, it is exactly the current giants of the agro-business which already control a large part of the cultivated meat industry… Besides, while it was first thought that this cultured meat would reduce the ressources normally needed to get normal meat by feeding real animals, the carbon footprint of the technology is now put into question, the big plants where animal stem cells are cultivated consuming a lot of energy.

And add to this simple prospect that cultivated meat is far from being widely accepted by the population, and I wonder if our grandchildren will still not be appreciating a good T-bone steak.

Olivier Dessibourg, GESDA

The world’s biggest cultured meat factory will soon be built in the US. Things go fast in that field.

Singularity Hub (EN)

‘Spooky’ quantum biology might cause your DNA to mutate. Welcome to the weird world of quantum biology.

BigThink (EN)

Let’s get our shit together – literally. It’s time to build the Poop Ark.


The long, uncertain road to Artificial General Intelligence. It’s time for a reality check.

Undark (EN)

A new AI-made enzyme can devour plastics in hours instead of centuries.

Interesting Engineering (EN)

NASA to reexamine space-based solar power. Short-term study to evaluate the prospects.

Space News (EN)

Gene therapy’s comeback: how scientists are trying to make it safer.

Nature (EN)

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