Geneva, Switzerland, 21 September 2021 –  Les Grands Prix de l’économie has honored the CyberPeace Institute with the ‘Special Jury Prize’, which is granted to organizations whose reputation and influence convey a positive and dynamic image of Geneva.  

The award will be presented this evening by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Services (CCIG), the State of Geneva, the Office for the Promotion of Industries and Technologies (OPI) and the Office for the Promotion of equality and prevention of violence (BPEV), during a ceremony at the Bâtiment des Forces Motrices (BFM).

“It is a milestone moment to receive this award, as this week the CyberPeace Institute celebrates its creation two years ago . We are honored that this prestigious award recognizes our efforts to mobilize a global and diverse community to achieve peace in cyberspace. Our mission is to guarantee the rights of people to security, dignity and equity in cyberspace.” stated Stéphane Duguin, Chief Executive Officer, of the CyberPeace Institute. “When cyber attacks take place, they put our security and our rights at risk. The actions of the CyberPeace Institute are focused on providing assistance to the most vulnerable communities around the world.” 

The ‘Special Jury Prize’ is bestowed at the discretion of the jury and was last presented in 2019. 

The Geneva Economic Prize, Innovation Prize and the Equality Prize will also be presented at the awards ceremony. These Prizes are traditionally awarded each year in autumn by the CCIG, the State of Geneva and the Office for the Promotion of Industries and Technologies. Awarded by a jury made up of 13 personalities from the academic and economic world, they are based on a series of economic and social criteria.  

The CyberPeace Institute was founded in 2019 and made Geneva, and more in particular Campus Biotech, its headquarters . There was a clear rationale for this decision. Geneva is the cornerstone between human rights and international law: it is a hub of multilateral engagement, with its vibrant ecosystem and international organizations. This is where high-level decisions are made which impact the world, and where so many organizations determine their humanitarian and human rights responses to the needs of people. The CyberPeace Institute is pleased to be one of them, and to work with them.  To improve the state of the world we need both hands-on expertise and a coordinated multi-stakeholder effort. Cyberspace interconnects us all – we have a responsibility to ensure it is a safe environment for everyone, everywhere.