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Ukraine peace summit: a look at the five-star Swiss hotel that will host the conference | #ukraine

Have you seen the Swiss venue for the upcoming Ukraine peace summit?⁠

Currently, 50 out of the 160 invited delegations have confirmed their attendance for the Ukraine peace conference, set to take place in central Switzerland in mid-June.⁠

As Switzerland gears up to host the event, let’s take a peek at the five-star Bürgenstock Hotel overlooking Lake Lucerne.⁠

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Is the world brave enough to agree on a pandemic treaty?

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Four years ago, our lives were upended by the Covid-19 pandemic. Countries locked down, millions became ill, millions died. And when the vaccine finally arrived, it was not fairly distributed. Rich countries bought too many, poor countries waited, with nothing. 

“What we saw during the Covid-19 pandemic was collapse. Basically, a complete failure of international cooperation,” says Suerie Moon of Geneva Graduate Institute’s Global Health Centre. 

Surely we can do better? Countries are gathering in Geneva to try to hammer out a pandemic treaty. Do they have the vision? And the courage? 

“There’s been so much lip service paid to equity, but when it actually comes to nailing down what that

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The small robot aiming to explore volcanic tunnels on the moon

In the not-too-distant future, a small hopping robot could be making its way to the moon. In this video, researchers from the Swiss Federal Technology Institute ETH Zurich and the University of Bern explain how they want to use the invention to peer into underground volcanic tunnels, which could offer ideal locations for future moon bases. “SpaceHopper” has already proved itself in tests on Earth.

00:00 – Skylights and lava tubes
01:10 – The creation of volcanic tunnels
01:45 – SpaceHopper – the three-legged low-gravity robot
02:14 – Zero gravity test on a parabolic flight
02:42 – Scanning the moon’s subsurface
03:36 – Puzzles left to solve


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Moon robots learn to walk – in Zurich

For over ten years researchers at the federal technology institute ETH Zurich have been developing robots that will one day explore the terrain or search for raw materials on the Moon or Mars. In this video, Hendrik Kolvenbach and Philip Arm show us what their “ANYmal” robot can already do and how their research is continuing.

00:12 – How ANYmal avoids obstacles
00:41 – Developing robots at the Robotic Systems Lab
01:47 – Training robots for lunar conditions
2:51 – ESA/ESRIC Space Resources Challenge


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New wars, new weapons and the Geneva Conventions

In the wars in Ukraine and in the Middle East, new, autonomous weapons are being used. Our Inside Geneva podcast asks whether we’re losing the race to control them – and the artificial intelligence systems that run them.  

 “Autonomous weapons systems raise significant moral, ethical, and legal problems challenging human control over the use of force and handing over life-and-death decision-making to machines,” says Sai Bourothu, specialist in automated decision research with the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.  

How can we be sure an autonomous weapon will do what we humans originally intended? Who’s in control? 

Jean-Marc Rickli from the Geneva Centre for Security Policy adds: “AI and machine learning basically lead to a situation where the machine is able to learn. And so now, if

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Religion and science: Pope John Paul II visits CERN

The former director general of CERN, Herwig Schopper, speaks with Pope John Paul II about the differences between religion and science.

#switzerland #pope #religion #science #cern


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Jehisson Santacruz playing the Colombian kuisi

Jehisson Santacruz is a Colombian artist who’s been living in exile in Switzerland since 2019. He fled his home country more than once because of death threats. As part of the Colombian diaspora, he was able to take part in the search for testimonies launched by the Truth Commission, that’s working to rebuild the national identity, giving a voice to the civil war’s victims.

He’s very passionate about the arts and traditions of Colombia and played the Colombian gaita, or kuisi, at the end of our interview.

If you want to know more about his story, visit our website www.swissinfo.ch


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Right to protest, priority to international trains, book thieves | 3 news stories from #Switzerland

Here are three news stories from Switzerland this week:⁠

🪧Amnesty International says Switzerland violated right to protest
🚆EU ‘plans to prioritise international trains’, warns Swiss railway chief⁠
📖 Rare books stolen from Geneva library

Visit our website to read the latest from Switzerland. ⁠

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Swiss pharma in Slovenia

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis invested billions in Slovenia, helping turn the country into a global player in generic drug production. Now, as cheap Asian competitors increasingly dominate the market, Swiss drug companies see the tiny Balkan nation playing a key role in their shift to more complex, expensive medicines.

Articles and videos on Switzerland’s investment in Slovenia are available on swissinfo.ch. For other science stories from Switzerland please go to www.swissinfo.ch/science.


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Drug pricing explained | how are drug prices determined? #switzerland #drugs #price #pharma

This week we’ve talked about the world’s most expensive drug. Zolgensma, a one-off treatment for infants born with a rare and often fatal genetic disease, came to the market at an eye-watering $2.1 million.

But how are drug prices determined? And why do they change from country to country and over time? Watch the full video on our YouTube channel and find out.

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Inside the Swiss Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale | Switzerland stars as a superfiction

Swiss-Brazilian artist Guerreiro do Divino Amor leads Switzerland at the 60th Venice Art Biennale.

Watch the full video on our YouTube channel to get an exclusive sneak peek at his installation, guided personally by the artist himself.

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Meet the Swiss-Brazilian artist behind Switzerland’s Pavilion at the 2024 Venice Biennale

Born in Geneva, Guerreiro do Divino Amor has been living in Rio de Janeiro for over ten years. “That’s where I felt more at ease to create, and also more accepted”, he told us during a long interview conceded in Venice.

He represents Switzerland for the 60th edition of the Venice Art Biennale and in this interview he talks about his life, art, career and explains why he was accused of "satanic association".

Check out the full video on our YouTube channel.


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The Colombian diaspora is heard by the Truth Commission

Reconciliation is an important part of peacebuilding, but the people living in exile are often forgotten about in the process. Most recently, Colombia has become the first country to listen to the voices of the exiled population. Jehisson Santacruz, who fled to Switzerland, is one of them.

Between 1958 and 2016, the government of Colombia, far-right paramilitary groups and far-left guerrilla groups such as FARC were at war with each other, and the conflict is not yet settled. In 2018, the Colombian government launched a truth commission to investigate and clarify human rights violations committed during the war.

The Colombian Truth Commission aims to pursue the clarification of the causes and patterns of the conflict, and why it lasted for so long. It makes recommendations on how

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Swiss help to beef up forensic science in Africa and Mexico

Forensic science is critical in the search for justice and the fight against impunity. Africa suffers from a dearth of forensic pathologists and Switzerland is helping to boost their numbers with training. In Mexico, forensic scientists need support to help identify the tens of thousands of victims of Mexico’s drugs war. The University Centre of Legal Medicine Lausanne-Geneva (CURML) is developing tools to find graves.

Find out more in our podcast, also on YouTube: https://youtu.be/rcK8BHKabUI

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Why Are leading Swiss Pharmaceutical Companies Investing in Slovenia?

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis invested billions in Slovenia, helping turn the country into a global player in generic drug production. Now, as cheap Asian competitors increasingly dominate the market, Swiss drug companies see the tiny Balkan nation playing a key role in their shift to more complex, expensive medicines.

Articles and videos on Switzerland’s investment in Slovenia (https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/swiss-pharma-s-big-bet-on-slovenia/49175142) are available on swissinfo.ch (https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/) . For other science stories from Switzerland please go to www.swissinfo.ch/science (https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/topic/science/) .

Journalist: Céline Stegmüller (https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/author/celine-stegmuller/) and Jessica Davis Plüss

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Swiss-Brazilian brings an original perspective at the Venice Biennale | #switzerland #bts #venice

The Swiss-Brazilian artist Guerreiro do Divino Amor represents Switzerland at the 60th edition of the Venice Art Biennale, which opened on Saturday.

We got an exclusive sneak peek of his installation, personally guided by the artist. Watch the full video on our YouTube channel to see what we discovered.


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An Alpine carnival: Switzerland stars as a superfiction at the Venice Biennale

The Swiss-Brazilian artist Guerreiro do Divino Amor will represent Switzerland for the 60th edition of the Venice Art Biennale, which opens on Saturday. Ahead of the inauguration, he gave SWI swissinfo.ch a guided tour of his work in construction.

Venice Biennale is still reminiscent of the world exhibitions of the 19th century. Its format allows countries to project the image they have of themselves. Today, 30 national pavilions showcase their artists’ works in the Giardini (Venice Gardens). They run in parallel to the major exhibition displayed in the Arsenale, a Venice landmark and former complex of shipyards and armories that made the Venetian Republic a naval power for centuries.
This is the second time in a row that Switzerland has chosen artists with migration backgrounds: The

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Switzerland in brief: subscribe to our daily briefing | #Switzerland #news 🇨🇭

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Our journalists compile a daily briefing from Monday to Friday, bringing you the top stories from the Alpine country. 🗞️⁠

Head over to the SWI swissinfo.ch website to subscribe to our briefing.


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New episodes of ‘The Swiss Connection’ #science #podcast

Check out new episodes of the ‘Swiss Connection’ science podcast. Search for ‘The Swiss Connection’ on Apple Podcasts, Overcast, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfpcqY4d92c6mVUR9ZGjZgTAu_XkMmRxE


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How are drug prices decided and by whom

How comes a drug can cost more in Switzerland than in neighbouring France? And why do some drugs become cheaper over time? Drug prices are stirring controversy all over the world, especially those of new drugs that come on the market with price tags in the millions, like innovative gene therapies.

In this video we explain who is involved in determining a drug price, what factors are taken into account, and why these can vary across borders and through time.

On our website we have many articles on the Swiss pharma sector if you’re interested in finding out more about some of the major drug manufacturers Roche and Novartis:
https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/swiss-pharma-s-big-bet-on-slovenia/49175142

We’re also covering international issues related to these companies, like access to

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The Rwandan genocide: 30 years on | Listen to our Inside Geneva #podcast 🎧 #Rwanda #genocide

In today’s episode of our Inside Geneva podcast we look at the Rwandan genocide, 30 years after the slaughter of an estimated 800,000 Tutsis by Hutu militias.

Why couldn’t we stop it? And have we learned anything from it?

Listen to our podcast to find out:
🎧Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ch/podcast/the-rwandan-genocide-30-years-on-witnessing/id1506227169?i=1000652583204
🎧Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2wY5exnZrIFJtrb3hAnlnO
🎧YouTube: https://youtu.be/WyGh3AtkIkw


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Searching for illegal drugs at Zurich Airport

More and more cocaine continues to enter Europe, and customs officials at Zurich Airport are among officials trying to curb the illegal trade. Swiss public television, SRF, spent the day with them to find out how they search for the addictive drug.

In 2023, the Zurich cantonal police seized around 64kg of cocaine, 10kg of heroin, 566kg of khat, 64kg of marijuana and 20kg of hashish during checks on travellers at Zurich Airport. 35 people were arrested.
For more details please click on the following story https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/business/64-kilograms-of-cocaine-seized-at-zurich-airport-in-2023/49138072

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Swiss training for forensic scientists in Africa and Mexico

Forensic science is critical in the search for justice and the fight against impunity. Africa suffers from a dearth of forensic pathologists and Switzerland is helping to boost their numbers with training.  In Mexico, forensic scientists need support to help identify the tens of thousands of victims of Mexico’s drugs war. The University Centre of Legal Medicine Lausanne-Geneva (CURML) is developing tools to find graves.

Articles and videos on forensic training in African countries (https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/foreign-affairs/why-legal-medicine-in-africa-needs-a-boost/48996002) and Mexico (https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/society/hope-never-dies-swiss-help-mexicans-tackle-enforced-disappearances/48940210) are available on swissinfo.ch (https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/) . For other science

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The Rwandan genocide 30 years on: witnessing atrocities – and trying to stop them

The world is marking 30 years since the Rwandan genocide. Inside Geneva talks to those who witnessed it. 

“We came to one village where there were a few survivors and a man came to me with a list and said ‘look, the names have been crossed out one by one, entire families, they were killing everybody from those families,’” says Christopher Stokes, from Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders). 

Charles Petrie, former United Nations (UN) humanitarian coordinator, recalls: “She thought there was a good chance that the Interahamwe [militia] would find the kids, the children, and she said, ‘pray that they don’t hack them to death, pray that they shoot them’”. 

Why was it not prevented? 

“The paralysis of the UN system, the paralysis of all the major players to respond to what

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Sudan: one year of war and violence | Listen to our Inside Geneva #podcast 🎧 #sudan

Today marks one year since the outbreak of the civil war in Sudan.

The conflict has led to a devastating humanitarian crisis.

Last year, we examined what the UN and humanitarian agencies here in Geneva can do to either prevent such conflicts from occurring or help ease the suffering.

Listen to this episode of our Inside Geneva podcast to learn more.

🎧Apple podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/ch/podcast/sudans-tragedy/id1506227169?i=1000613188559
🎧Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/1KBvaidQoyv9Jalk6EcH2Z


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Swiss start-up Destinus enters hypersonic flight race, powered by hydrogen

It’s nearly 20 years since Concorde made its final commercial flight, ending the first era of supersonic travel. A Swiss start-up, Destinus, is part of a new generation of aviation pioneers trying to re-introduce high-speed travel using clean hydrogen. The goal is ambitious: to develop a 400-passenger hypersonic aircraft that can take you anywhere on earth within half a day.

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Swiss Roman battle site reveals hidden secrets of historic clash

Over the past two years, experts have unearthed thousands of Roman military artefacts littering a hillside in southeast Switzerland. The first Roman battle site ever discovered in the Alpine country offers clues about what happened there over 2,000 years ago.

The article related to this episode and the video interview (https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/sci-&-tech/swiss-roman-battle-site-reveals-hidden-secrets-of-historic-clash/49004988) is available on swissinfo.ch (https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/) . For other science stories from Switzerland please go to www.swissinfo.ch/science (https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/topic/science/) .

Jounalist: Simon Bradley (https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/author/simon-bradley/)
Audio editor/video journalist: Michele Andina

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Mikhail Shishkin on bridging the Russia-Ukraine chasm

Russian writer Mikhail Shishkin, who works and lives in Switzerland, is our guest in On the Record. He talks about how to defend Russian culture, how he witnessed Switzerland welcome dirty money with open arms and asks whether Russia and Ukraine will ever be able to reconcile in the future.

Watch the full interview here: https://youtu.be/RcFh4iyBq78
See more episodes in our special series ‘On The Record’: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLfpcqY4d92c4psIrgfbX03PDhj2gwpI3h&feature=shared

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Mikhail Shishkin: ‘Russia is ready for a new Tsar’

Russian writer Mikhail Shishkin, who works and lives in Switzerland, is our guest in On the Record. He talks about how to defend Russian culture, how he witnessed Switzerland welcome dirty money with open arms and asks whether Russia and Ukraine will ever be able to reconcile in the future.

Russian writer Mikhail Shishkin may live in the peaceful village of Laufen but the war his country wages against Ukraine is a constant source of torment. "How do you explain to people there [in Russia] that they are fascists?" he asks in an interview with SWI swissinfo.ch.

Shishkin has been living in Switzerland since 1994. Since the beginning of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, he follows the horrors of war through Telegram channels. "It hurts to be Russian," he says. "How can one be

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