Safeguarding Gene Synthesis

2023-24 Scale-up project   Project presentation Cheaper & globally distributed gene synthesis technology increases the risk that malicious actors could misuse this technology to create and modify biological agents. The incentives, standards, & technological approaches in place for screening orders & customers have not kept up with the pace & reach of synthesis technology. The … Continued

Promoting Ethical Approach to Gene Editing

Project presentation Advancement in gene editing technologies such as CRISPR is fueling new scientific discoveries in cancer, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, and various gene therapies, enabling life-saving treatments and promising to revolutionize healthcare. But gene editing, like so many emerging technologies, has its ethical downsides. Broader application of gene-editing tools can lead to the risk of … Continued

Cosmopolitan Ethics for the Human Future

Project presentation Technologies are poised to alter the meaning of being human. Genome editing, especially of the human germline, raises fundamental questions of the dignity and integrity of human life. This scientific and technological frontier is also a moral frontier, with implications for all life on the planet. It demands inclusive and far-reaching deliberation drawing … Continued

WHO Human Genome Editing Framework: a new model of governance

Photo: World Health Organization, Uganda Office Project presentation WHO is developing a model for regional implementation of a global governance framework for human genome editing (HGE). A regional approach brings together diverse communities and resources to build capacity to harness the benefits of human genome editing while managing the risks. By working regionally, countries can … Continued

Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources

The WHO-led Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources (EIOS) initiative is WHO’s main vehicle for building a strong public health intelligence community of practice, as well as multidisciplinary networks and solutions to support it, by jointly addressing evolving community, capacity and technology needs. Established at the end of 2017, the EIOS initiative currently builds and supports … Continued

EU-IGAD COVID-19 Response programme

The regional programme is mitigating the health and socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 in critical cross-border areas across Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda through a coordinated, multi-sectoral response. Active across 55 sites in 7 countries, the EU-funded project is delivering medical supplies and equipment while working to enhance regional capacity to coordinate … Continued

Le label “Qualité Sonore”

Our project consists in an international label “Sound Quality” in partnership with Universal Music, the Écouter/Voir Foundation, IRCAM Amplify and UNESCO. After the adoption of resolution 39C/59 at UNESCO on the importance of sound and its good practices, La Semaine du Son has created a label that aims to limit excessive sound compression, regardless of … Continued

Joint Environment Venture for South Asia

2022-23 Scale-up project   Overview  The project has enabled cross-border collaboration toward transformative solutions to South Asia’s environmental crisis: melting glaciers, unprecedented floods, and unbreathable air. Long-standing political conflict in the region hinders joint solutions to these shared challenges. Convened by world-leading peacemakers, the platform stood out by its ability to work across the India-Pakistan … Continued

PREZODE: Preventing Zoonotic Disease Emergence

2022-23 Scale-up project   Overview  PREZODE (Preventing ZOonotic Disease Emergence) is an international and multi-actor initiative supported by the Quadripartite to improve prevention, early detection, and resilience to rapidly respond to emerging infectious diseases of animal origin through a One Health cross-sectorial approach. PREZODE is a dynamic platform for sharing innovative knowledge, and a resource … Continued