The Biden administration is showing interest in a new Swiss think tank that hopes to address concerns about a “new Cold War” in science and technology, a plan that will further develop and integrate future developments. Will seek in the interest of the global stage.
Swiss Foreign Minister Eganzio Cassis presented the project in a video message for the inaugural “Summit” of the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator, or GESDA, on Thursday and Friday. Supported by the Swiss government, GESDA aims to integrate government policy and science into the international city.
GESDA will act as an “honest broker” to spread advances in science across countries across the economic field, bringing together hundreds of global scientists and policymakers.
“There is a growing sense that a new Cold War is being fought over science and technology, and the power that these states provide,” he said.
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Casey said, “What we’re trying to achieve with GESDA is new, and therefore, difficult: combining this expectation, which looks far ahead, with immediate action is a It’s a big challenge. “
During the pregnancy in 2019, the GESDA has begun to appear prominently during COVID-19 epidemics that have overwhelmed many governments, towards health policy makers such as the World Health Organization based in Geneva. Answered uncertainly or vaguely, and exposed the inequality of the difference between the rich. Countries with wide access to vaccines – and poor countries that do not.
Alondra Nelson, deputy director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, noted the US president. Joe Biden He spoke of the “great threat and great promise” of the moment, and said that governments must be bold about both innovation and partnership.
“I think the antiseptic – the advance frame – has the best chance of working through it,” he said via video conference from Washington on Thursday. “Expectation, of course, is full of excitement.”
Dr. Jeremy Escape, director of the Welcome Trust Charity and a key player in international health policy, has aligned himself with the GESDA and told reporters Thursday that science has made great strides, yet action is needed. Otherwise, “scientific progress will be increasingly available to a small elite of the world – and not to everyone.”
Last week, GESDA and XPrize announced a prize for advances in quantum computing. But GESDA, a self-proclaimed “do-tank”, has broader ambitions, such as helping to establish a global court for scientific disputes and a Manhattan project-style effort to remove excess carbon from the atmosphere.
It brings together hundreds of UN officials, Nobel laureates, academics, diplomats, advocacy group members and members of the public. Supporters include Swiss universities and the Geneva-based CERN – the home of a lab that has the world’s largest atom breaker.