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Morning all, it's Kasmira, editor-in-chief of Geneva Solutions, with a story today about Bryan Stevenson, a US human rights lawyer who has spent his career in the pursuit of racial equality and reform of the US criminal justice system.

In his interview, he invites the United Nations and other international bodies to look outside of New York and Washington D.C. to understand the real American story and the essential challenges facing democracy and basic human rights in the US today.

And with the UN celebrating its 75th anniversary today, we have also picked out a few recent stories from our archives on the future of multilateralism.

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Kasmira Jefford, Geneva


The 'real American story' about racial justice

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Rog and Bee Walker for EJI

With the United States election of 3 November just days away and race relations one of the biggest policy issues at stake, who better to ask where President Trump and Joe Biden's records stand on racial justice, or injustice, than one of the country’s top civil rights crusaders?

Bryan Stevenson is the founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), a US non-profit organisation that has represented hundreds of people in the criminal justice system who have been illegally convicted, unfairly sentenced, or abused in state prisons.

The Harvard University-trained lawyer has dedicated his life pursuing racial equality and standing up for the marginalised, including people on death row, minors prosecuted as adults, and people with mental illnesses.

Already a well-known figure, he moved further into the spotlight in 2012 with his widely circulated TED talk followed by the release of his memoir “Just Mercy”, now a feature film starring Michael B Jordan.

In 2018, Stevenson opened the nation’s first museum and memorial dedicated to the legacy of enslaved Black people and to the thousands of victims of lynching after his team of researchers at EJI spent years going through court records and documenting lynchings of the 20th century.

To add to his long list of accolades, Stevenson was recently named one of the four winners of the 2020 Right Livelihood Award, also known as Sweden’s alternative Nobel prize. Headquartered in Stockholm, the foundation does much of advocacy work out of its Geneva office supporting laureates like Stevenson in having their issues heard at UN sessions.

On receiving his award, Geneva Solutions asked Stevenson about the state of race relations in the US, the criminal justice system, and the role that international organisations can play in holding the US to task on its human rights record.

Read the full interview

On the UN's 75th anniversary...

The imperative of a new multilateralism - enhanced by science. Former UN under-secretary-general Michael Møller says we need look no further than our community of scientists for proof that truly multilateral approaches to problem-solving have the best chances of success.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

UN75 special adviser: We’re lacking political will to tackle global humanitarian crises. In an interview with Geneva Solutions, Fabrizio Hochschild said solutions for tackling global challenges like climate change exist. But what's needed is political will.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Anticipatory reads by GESDA

The dawn of an interplanetary internet The competition around telecommunications is fiercer than ever, so what a surprise to see Nokia, former leader in mobile phones, winning the deal for a brand new market: to install, with Nasa, a 4G network on the Moon, to allow communication when humans will (one day hopefully) live there.

But this news might already look a bit outdated, because 5G is already around the corner on Earth (although The 4G equipment on the Moon can be updated to a super-fast 5G network in the future, Nokia said). But also because of another announcement: during an online Time magazine event, Gwynne Shotwell, the president of SpaceX, disclosed that the company would deploy a communication satellites constellation around… Mars, making of the Moon just a relay. The dawn of an interplanetary internet.

--Olivier Dessibourg

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SpaceX will build Starlink-like constellation around the Red Planet, its president says: “Once we take people to Mars, they’re going to need a capability to communicate”.
Futurism (EN) and TIME (EN)


To think your way out of a crisis, look beyond it. One of humanity’s biggest failings is our inability to escape the present moment and look further ahead, writes Gideon Lichfield, editor in chief.

MIT Technology Review (EN)

Why many countries are refusing to sign Moon exploration agreement. Eight countries have signed a set of guidelines called “Artemis Accords”, but others disagree.

The Conversation (EN)

Brain implant bypasses eyes to help blind people see. A new way to stimulate visual neurons in the brain, with inspiration from human evolution.

IEEE Spectrum (EN)

Stored carbon could morph into investment gold. If wind and solar power are zero-carbon energy’s golden boys, carbon capture is its problem child.

Reuters (EN)

Let’s not make newspace a paradise for hackers. An opinion piece by Mathieu Bailly, VP of discreet swiss cybersecurity company CYSEC.

SpaceWatch.Global (EN)

In new strategy, Wellcome Trust will take on global health challenges. One of the world’s largest nongovernmental funders of science is enlarging its focus

Science (EN)

CRISPR Therapeutics’ CAR-T treatment shows encouraging results. The clinical trials results are preliminary and represent an effort to expand CRISPR-edited treatments into cancer care.


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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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