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Elaboration of an instrument on ethics of artificial intelligence

UNESCO has embarked on a two-year process to elaborate the first global standard-setting instrument on ethics of artificial intelligence, following the decision of UNESCO’s General Conference at its 40th session in November 2019.  

This inclusive and multidisciplinary process will include consultations with a wide range of stakeholders, including the scientific community, people of different cultural backgrounds and ethical perspectives, minority groups, civil society, government and the private sector

The process will build on the preliminary study completed by UNESCO’s World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST). This study emphasizes that currently no global instrument covers all the fields that guide the development and application of AI in a human-centered approach.

Ad Hoc Expert Group

24 renowned specialists with multidisciplinary and pluralistic expertise on the ethics of artificial intelligence have been appointed to form an Ad Hoc Expert Group.

This group will produce the first draft of the instrument with due consideration for various dimensions, including the environment and the needs of the global south.