Paris (UNA-OIC) – Kuwait chaired on Tuesday a UNESCO experts meeting on negotiating a draft text of the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Kuwait’s delegate to the UNESCO Dr. Adam Al-Mulla moderated the virtual session of the UNESCO intergovernmental special committee meeting of technical and legal experts meeting.
In statements to KUNA, Al-Mulla pointed out that the experts meeting is held during the period from 26 to 30 April. He added that the technical and legal experts would convene again next June to negotiate and endorse a final draft of the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence.
The approved text will be submitted to member states for adoption by the UNESCO General Conference at its 41st session in November 2021, the Kuwaiti official elaborated.
He stated that the UNESCO efforts to write and negotiate an international code of ethics for artificial intelligence had begun in November 2019.
According to UNESCO, these efforts aim to find international and national policies and regulatory frameworks to ensure that artificial intelligence technologies benefit humanity as a whole. It stressed that the world needs human-centered artificial intelligence to be used for the greater interest of the people, not the other way around.
The UN cultural agency believes that the development of a comprehensive global standard-setting instrument would provide AI with a strong ethical basis, which will not only protect but also promote human rights and human dignity.
If adopted, it will be an ethical guiding compass and a global normative bedrock allowing to build strong respect for the rule of law in the digital world.