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Public conference – Invitation

Raymond Loretan, President of the Diplomatic Club of Geneva,
Marie-Laure Salles, Director of the Geneva Graduate Institute, and
Martin Vetterli, President of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL),

are pleased to invite you to a public conference as part of the Science Diplomacy Week 2022, initiated by GESDA, on the following topic.

Red Sea corals: when science and diplomacy converge to address climate change and regional stability

Wednesday, 18 May 2022 at 18:30 CET. A private reception will be held at 20:00.

Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la Paix (and live online, link to follow in due course)
2 Chemin Eugène-Rigot (Building 2), 1202 Geneva


• Ambassador Alexandre Fasel, Special Representative for Science Diplomacy, Swiss Confederation
• Anders Meibom, Director of the Transnational Red Sea Center, EPFL
• Yana Abu Taleb, Jordanian Director, EcoPeace Middle East
• Moderation: Achim Wennmann, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Senior Researcher at the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding, Geneva Graduate Institute

Mandatory registration at no later than 15 May 2022.

While coral reefs are disappearing around the world, the Red Sea has recently embodied the true hope that at least one large coral ecosystem will survive global warming due to the exceptional resistance of its reefs to the rise of water temperatures. How can a regional and inclusive approach to preserving these coral reefs be taken when the Red Sea is at the center of geopolitical struggles involving regional and international actors? Can science diplomacy foster engagement between scientists and policy makers to formulate and implement an environmental protection strategy at the scale of the entire Red Sea? It is the ambition of the newly created Transnational Red Sea Center at EPFL, with the support of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to capitalise on similar initiatives and address these questions. For the sake of coral reefs – and regional stability.

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