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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

24.10.2020


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But this news might already look a bit outdated, because 5G is already around the corner on Earth (although The 4G equipment on the Moon can be updated to a super-fast 5G network in the future, Nokia said).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)

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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.

STAT+ (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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