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 highlighting the gender digital divide, the role of AI for the planet and helping develop regional consensus on AI governance through its regional forums.
In terms of capacity development and Policy Advice, UNESCO works to:
Register for the Online Course on AI and the Rule of Law
Structured around six modules, it unpacks the opportunities and risks of the adoption of AI technologies across justice systems, particularly human rights and AI ethics and governance issues.
The course is developed by UNESCO and The Future Society, with the support of Cetic.br|NIC.br, the National Judicial College, and IEEE SA.
As a standard setter, UNESCO is working on:
UNESCO presents Global Recommendations on Ethics of AI
On 24 November 2021, the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence was adopted by UNESCO’s General Conference at its 41st session.
After months of constructive dialogue and negotiation, representatives from UNESCO’s member states agreed on the text of an ambitious and wide-ranging instrument for the ethical development and deployment of Artificial Intelligence.
UNESCO works to ensure international cooperation in the field of Artificial Intelligence by: