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Good morning, this is Kasmira. Having just become head of the Global Fund's rights department, Vuyiseka Dubula knows the organisation well, after fighting for her own survival against HIV when she was just 22. Ever since, she made access to affordable HIV treatment her mission.

While the Human Rights Council will be wrapping up this week in Geneva, eyes will be on New York where a high-stakes vote to renew 15 of the Council’s 47 seats will take place.

And Gesda’s futuristic summit is back with even more dystopian-like scenarios than last year.

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⚕️Breaking down barriers to health is ‘a dance between diplomacy and daring’. Vuyiseka Dubula takes up her role today as head of the Global Fund’s Community, Rights and Gender Department. When she was 22, the South African activist tested positive for HIV and has been campaigning for affordable access to life-saving antiretroviral drugs and for the rights of marginalised people living with HIV and other life-threatening diseases ever since. She spoke to Geneva Solutions ahead of moving from her home country to the Global Fund’s Geneva headquarters.

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What to watch this week

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Russian ambassador Gennady Gatilov at an urgent debate on his country’s invasion of Ukraine at the Human Rights Council in March 2022. (Keystone/Martial Trezzini)

🗳️ Decisive vote. The Human Rights Council is heading for decisive elections on the other side of the pond on Tuesday. Russia is seeking to rejoin the UN body, a year and a half after being kicked out for invading Ukraine. The vote, in New York, will be a test of how much backing Moscow can rally as support for Ukraine waivers.

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🧬 A science summit for predicting the future. The Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator’s (Gesda) annual summit kicking off on Wednesday is ambitious in its scope, covering a kaleidoscope of mind-boggling scientific topics and breakthroughs that it predicts will shape our not-too-distant future, from fungal pandemics to neuro-augmentation, to what living beyond 100 will look like.

The foundation will also publish its Science Breakthrough Radar, a wrap of the most important science trends for the coming years, during the three-day summit being held at Cern’s new Science Gateway which opens today, marking the first event to be held on the site.

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Also on the agenda

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  • 📌 18 October | 30 years after Oslo: Where to? The hopes generated by the Oslo Accords of 1993 and then by the Geneva Initiative of 2001 have been quickly deceived by the tragic evolution of reality on the ground. The solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more than ever in a stalemate and no political actor at the local, regional or international level seems to be capable of suggesting an adequate answer. Should a joint peace initiative arise from the civil societies in Israel and Palestine? Or should it come from the outside, through the diasporas of the societies concerned? Which role should then take the international community to accompany the citizens’ initiatives? Could the project for a solution via a ‘One Democratic State’ or a ‘Confederation’ emerge?

    Heidi.news and the Geneva Graduate Institute will discuss at a panel discussion on Wednesday 18 October from 12.00 to 14.00 at Maison de la Paix in Geneva.
    This event will be moderated in English by Serge Michel, executive editor and co-founder of Heidi.news and translated into French.
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