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Good morning, my name is Olga Algayerova, and I'm the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

Today, with the help of some wise words from a celebrated composer from my home region, Antonín Dvořák, I want to explain what multilateralism and cultural exchange have in common - and why together they are so important in facing the complexity of today's challenges.

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Olga Algayerova


Anticipatory reads by GESDA

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Ocean Farm 1 facility for salmon aquaculture dragged to its final location. (Photo: DNV-GL)

Aquaculture, the next field for a genetic revolution. Most fish have seen little systematic genetic improvement for farming, compared with the selective breeding that cattle, chickens and other domesticated animals have undergone. But now that aquaculture supplies nearly half of the fish and shellfish eaten worldwide, this is about to change. This is largely thanks to genomics, not only through gene modification but also through gene chips, for example, which speed up the identification of fish and shellfish carrying the desired traits.

This renewed enthusiasm about aquaculture’s future comes with concerns. Will species important to feeding people in the developing world also be at the core of those scientific research? Will consumers accept fish and shellfish that have been altered using technologies that rewrite genes or move them between species? The following article in Science magazine leaves these questions largely open for now but shows how close genetics currently is to profoundly changing aquaculture.

- Olivier Dessibourg


New genetic tools will deliver improved farmed fish, oysters, and shrimp. Here’s what to expect.

Science (EN)

Living electrodes for linking brains to computers tested in rats. The challenge now is to show that desirable connections can be reinforced and unwanted ones pruned.

New Scientist (EN)

Climate diplomacy is winning its fight against a zero-sum mindset. There's growing realisation that acting decisively is an investment not a cost.

Financial Times (EN)

Quantum Networking: emerging applications and what’s needed. Research opens up incredible new possibilities by focusing on the excited-state quantum materials.

Hello Tomorrow Global Summit 2020 (EN)

The true dangers of AI are closer than we think. Forget superintelligent AI: algorithms are already creating real harm.

MIT Technology Review (EN)

These rare seeds escaped Syria's war – to help feed the world. Conflict forced scientists to abandon a gene bank, but not before duplicating their last remnants of essential crops.


Doing well? Fulfilling the promise of precision medicine. This report looks at what it is currently being delivered.

The Economist Intelligence Unit (EN)

New centre in Luxembourg sets out to exploit space resources, supporting the country’s ambitions to mine minerals and metals on the moon and on asteroids.

Science|Business (EN)

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This selection is proposed by the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator GESDA, working on anticipating cutting-edge science and technological advances to develop innovative and inclusive solutions for the benefit of the planet and its inhabitants.

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