Where we are
Based at Campus Biotech, at the core of International Geneva, GESDA is at the crossroads of science, diplomacy, international and non-governmental organizations, impact and citizens.
The decision to create GESDA in Switzerland, a country of 8 million inhabitants relying on a long tradition of disruptive research in science, engineering and technology, on a neutrality-driven renowned diplomacy, a vibrant direct democracy as well as innovative companies and people open to the world, and more specifically to locate the Foundation in Geneva, has two related origins.
GESDA was co-founded by the Swiss federal government and the Canton of Geneva in collaboration with the City of Geneva to leverage the International Geneva current and future ecosystem, with currently close to 100 international organizations, over 700 Non-Governmental Organizations, 180 Representations of States, over 1,600 multinationals businesses.
Geneva is known to be the operational hub of the works to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), bringing peace, rights and well-being to every corner of the world. The guiding principles of everything we do are “Leave no one behind” (the SDG lead principle) and “Everyone has the right to share in scientific advancement and its benefits” (Art. 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).
We are located on the Campus Biotech, an international research park that is home to a number of cutting-edge science initiatives (in data & digital science, epidemiology or brain sciences amongst others), including partners such as the Cyber Peace Institute and the Swiss Digital Initiative. The Campus Biotech is also within walking distance of most International Geneva actors.