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Geneva Talks: Humanitarians and Technologists, unite! - Livestream

This summer marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) in a time of turmoil and uncertainty. After the Second World War, countries across the World have signed the UN Charter in San Francisco in agreement to collectively work on a multilateral future. This year, the global pandemic not only reminds us that we are all interconnected, but also challenges us in upholding the principles that stand at the core of the UN Charter. The unprecedented crisis highlights the need for cooperation across countries, sectors, and generations. It is also a time of deep reflections about past, present, and what is ahead of us. Science and technology are the nexus of discussions ranging from finding a vaccine for COVID-19 to foresight for the future impact of AI and robotics on our lives and society.

In the light of the UN’s 75th anniversary, swissnex San Francisco and the Consulate General of Switzerland in partnership with ICRC, DiploFoundation, ICT4peace, and the Etat de Genève, are hosting a two-part digital conversation aimed at bridging the dialogue between Geneva, the world’s capital for humanitarian and diplomatic affairs, and Silicon Valley, the epicenter of tech-innovation. We will explore the challenges and opportunities that new technologies are introducing to the multilateral and humanitarian sector by bringing the technology industry into a conversation with actors from the multilateral and humanitarian sector. 

Inspired by the conviction that technology is key to the future of humanity, the Geneva Talks series explores the symbiotic relationship between technology and humanity. The global health pandemic draws attention to the arising opportunities and challenges through technology and addresses the core values of the UN Charter. The future of the UN and multilateral governance will be inextricably linked to technological progress.

The debate about the ethical balancing act between the benefits and risks of using technology during a crisis is part of a longer discussion in the humanitarian field. With this panel, we look at technologies developed to combat the spread of the virus and their implications on privacy. To that end, we invite representatives from the humanitarian and tech-sector to discuss the future of crisis response and the potential of cross-sectoral collaboration. What is the role of tech-companies in a humanitarian crisis? How can we strengthen the dialogue between Silicon Valley and Geneva?

In the second part of this program taking place on Friday, June 26, we will discuss the state of multilateral governance in a digital post-pandemic world

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Thursday, 06/25/20


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