Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications continue to expand opportunities for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. UNESCO is working to harness these opportunities in its fields of competence across education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. UNESCO is leading reflections around pressing concerns related to the rapid development of AI, from a Human Rights and ethics perspective.
These range from AI’s role in the futures of education, the omnipresent challenges of disinformation and hate speech online, harnessing AI for the sustainable development goals and to empower the global south, and to promoting gender equality in the AI Sector and combatting algorithmic bias.
UNESCO works towards fostering a human rights based and ethical development, use and governance of AI through its advocacy and awareness-raising work across the world. The organisation is:
Helping develop regional consensus on AI governance through its regional forums
Highlighting the role of AI in the gender divide
Encouraging Youth to explore the impact of AI on humankind
Developing partnerships for AI against climate change
In terms of capacity development and policy advice, UNESCO works to:
Build capacities of policymakers to take part in digital transformation and AI initiatives within governments
Strengthen capacities of judicial actors concerning AI
Facilitating multistakeholder processes to develop relevant norms and standards
Developing Youth AI knowledge and competencies