UN / GUTERRES ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

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At the launch of his Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence, Secretary-General António Guterres said that AI technologies could “supercharge climate action and efforts to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” but it must be “harnessed responsibly, and made accessible to all.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 26 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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1. Wide shot, exterior, United Nations Headquarters

26 OCTOBER 2023, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, press briefing room
3.SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, UN Secretary-General:
“AI could help to turn that around. It could supercharge climate action and efforts to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. But all this depends on AI technologies being harnessed responsibly, and made accessible to all – including the developing countries that need them most.”
4. Wide shot, press briefing room
5. SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, UN Secretary-General:
“As things stand, AI expertise is concentrated in a handful of companies and countries. This could deepen global inequalities and turn digital divides into chasms. The potential harms of AI extend to serious concerns over misinformation and disinformation; the entrenching of bias and discrimination; surveillance and invasion of privacy; fraud, and other violations of human rights. Without entering into a host of doomsday scenarios, it is already clear that the malicious use of AI could undermine trust in institutions, weaken social cohesion, and threaten democracy itself.”
6. Wide shot, press briefing room
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Amandeep Gill, Secretary-General's Technology Envoy:
“The UN has a unique role to play. It has decades of experience in the management of challenges around emerging technologies. It brings together several existing efforts in the field of AI, the UNESCO's recommendations on the ethics of AI, the ITU significant work on harnessing AI for good and many, many more, and will build on that foundation and on the credibility and convening power of the UN to deliver a unique global public good for the governance of AI for all humanity.”

8. Wide shot, press briefing room
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Ilze Brands Kehris, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights:
“So a proactive way of being able to make sure that governance include that is based on human rights, I think is a wonderful opportunity to do that. It's really to have a governance that in a complex set of governance, so really looking globally having all of these experts contributing, because we know we can't have just one response. If we would like to have global regulation that's one thing but clearly, we also need monitoring and reporting. We need other parts of it and human rights of course at the core, in addition to the ethical dimension that was mentioned, but human rights is the legal obligations of course, including also for companies as it were.”

10. Wide shot, press briefing room

STORYLINE:

At the launch of his Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence, Secretary-General António Guterres said that AI technologies could “supercharge climate action and efforts to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals by 2030,” but it must be “harnessed responsibly, and made accessible to all.”

Speaking to reporters today (26 Oct) in New York, Guterres said that in challenging times, AI could power extraordinary progress for humanity, from predicting and addressing crises, to rolling out public health programmes and education services, AI could scale up and amplify the work of governments, civil society and the United Nations across the board.

For developing economies, AI offers the possibility of leapfrogging outdated technologies and bringing services directly to people who need them most, the UN Chief added.

However, Guterres highlighted, “as things stand, AI expertise is concentrated in a handful of companies and countries,” warning that “this could deepen global inequalities and turn digital divides into chasms.”

The UN chief continued, “the potential harms of AI extend to serious concerns over misinformation and disinformation; the entrenching of bias and discrimination; surveillance and invasion of privacy; fraud, and other violations of human rights. Without entering into a host of doomsday scenarios, it is already clear that the malicious use of AI could undermine trust in institutions, weaken social cohesion, and threaten democracy itself.”

For all these reasons, Guterres said that he has called for a global, multidisciplinary, multistakeholder conversation on the governance of AI so that its benefits to humanity – all of humanity – are maximized, and the risks contained and diminished.

The Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence he launched today will work independently, guided by some basic principles. The Advisory Body’s efforts will be inclusive and based on the universal values enshrined in the United Nations Charter.

By the end of the year, the Body will make preliminary recommendations in three areas: the international governance of artificial intelligence; a shared understanding of risks and challenges; And key opportunities and enablers, to leverage AI to accelerate the delivery of the SDGs.

Amandeep Gill, Secretary-General's Technology Envoy also spoke to reporters.

He said, “The UN has a unique role to play. It has decades of experience in the management of challenges around emerging technologies,” adding that it will build on the foundation of the existing efforts and “on the credibility and convening power of the UN to deliver a unique global public good for the governance of AI for all humanity.”

lze Brands Kehris, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights said that human rights should be at the core of the global regulation on AI, in addition to the ethical dimension.

She reiterated that human rights is the legal obligations of the complex set of AI governance, as well as of companies.

Other panelists jointing remotely were Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union; Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director General at UNESCO; and Prof. Tshilidzi Marwala, Rector of United Nations University.
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