In a significant development, the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) has introduced the Open Quantum Institute (OQI) in Geneva. This collaborative effort involving the FDFA, GESDA, CERN, and UBS aims to harness quantum technologies for global benefit, particularly in accelerating the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The OQI was officially inaugurated on October 13, 2023. This initiative marks a proactive step in the realm of quantum computing, offering the potential to revolutionize global technology landscapes. Federal Councilor Ignazio Cassis emphasized the need for international governance structures to address the digital divide created by this transformative technology during the OQI’s launch.
GESDA, a neutral, non-profit foundation founded in 2019 under the Swiss Confederation, serves as a platform for diplomats and scientists to collaborate on practical projects. It annually publishes the Science Breakthrough Radar, which highlights imminent scientific innovations with significant potential.
The OQI responds to the global focus on quantum computing, with the goal of making this technology accessible worldwide. Through partnerships between the FDFA, GESDA, CERN, and UBS, Switzerland reaffirms its commitment to science diplomacy. Cassis expressed the importance of ensuring quantum computing benefits all of humanity.
Quantum computing already contributes to vital SDG-related areas, including healthcare accessibility, climate change mitigation, and combating hunger. It has the potential to predict antibiotic resistance and advance climate solutions. The OQI represents a step toward empowering nations to address their pressing local challenges.