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Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach? A Global Conference - 4 March 2019, Room 1


Mon, 4 Mar
9:30 to 10:00

Opening Session

Setting the Scene: demystifying AI

Videos :  Floor / English / Français

10:00 to 10:15

The Havens Family, Family of the Future: AI in Everyday Life


10:15 to 10:30

Keynote 1

  • Cédric Villani, Member of the French Parliament, AI Specialist, Fields Medal winner 2010
10:30 to 11:45

Plenary Session 1: Challenges and Opportunities of AI

The development of artificial intelligence offers both opportunities and challenges as it concerns the global goals for sustainable development. What are some of the main challenges and opportunities in ensuring the development of artificial intelligence that serves humanity? How can AI contribute concretely to sustainable development?  How can AI potentially both increase and fight biases, notably in the domain of gender equality, discrimination, and narrowing the digital divides? Are there good practices in public policy development at the national level in the field of AI and if so, what are they?  

Moderator :

  • Cathy Mulligan, Visiting Research Fellow, Centre for Cryptocurrency, Imperial College, United Kingdom

Panelists :

  1. Bunmi Banjo, Managing Director, Kuvora Inc.
  2. Omar Bin Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, United Arab Emirates
  3. Nicolas Economou, Founder and CEO, H5
  4. Seng Yee Lau, Senior Executive Vice President, Tencent
  5. Marija Manojlovic, Strategy, Data and Innovation Advisor, Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
  6. Davor Orlic, Chief Operating Officer, Knowledge 4 All Foundation
11:45 to 13:00

Plenary Session 2: The Universality of AI?

The development of artificial intelligence directly impacts all domains of UNESCO’s mandate. Teaching tools, ways of learning, access to knowledge, and teacher training will be revolutionized. The question of what skills to develop in order to evolve in an increasingly automated world will become more and more central. AI is changing the way we think about heritage reconstruction, and contemporary creative production.  Environmental programmes and underwater research are being transformed by AI-driven technologies, and the ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence are at the heart of preoccupations of governments and everyday citizens. Communication and information are being directly impacted by advances in AI, through the development of algorithms and evolutions in access to information and media production.  
What does universality, a fully inclusive approach, mean in AI, and what could it look like?  Why is universality in AI, both in terms of geography and stakeholders, important?  How do we govern AI, and who does what in a multi-stakeholder approach? What are the key factors for a sound enabling environment for AI?  

Moderator : 

  • Andrés Roemer, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Social Change and the Free Flow of Knowledge, writer, philanthropist, human rights activist.

Ensuring a Global Approach:

1. Abdoulaye Baniré Diallo, Professor, Université du Québec à Montréal, Chief scientist and Co-founder, My Intelligent Machine, Canada
2. Raja Chatila, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Ethics, Sorbonne University, French Republic
3. Anriette Esterhuysen, Senior Advisor on Internet Governance, policy advocacy and strategic planning, Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
4. Miguel Luengo-Oroz, Chief Data Scientist, UN Global Pulse
5. Nicolas Miailhe, Co-Founder and President, The Future Society

Ensuring a Multi-stakeholder Approach:

6. Hawa Ba, Head of the Senegal Country Office, OSIWA
7. Katsumi Emura, Chief Technology Officer, NEC
8. Jernej Pikalo, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Republic of Slovenia
9. Francois Taddei, Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, French Republic
10. Ulrik Vestergaard Knudsen, Deputy-Secretary-General, OECD


13:00 to 14:30


Meal packages will be available for sale at the entrance to Salle 1.  Participants are also invited to take advantage of the restaurants surrounding UNESCO but are requested to be back in Salle 1 by 2:20.

14:30 to 15:00

Keynote 2

15:00 to 16:15

Plenary Session 3: Towards a Human-Centred Ethical AI?

If we are to make the most of the possibilities offered by AI to the world, we must ensure that it serves humanity, with respect for human rights and human dignity, as well as our environment and ecosystems. Today, no global ethical framework or principles for AI developments and applications exist. UNESCO is, a unique universal forum with over twenty years of experience in developing international instruments related to bioethics and the ethics of science and technology. It has the responsibility to lead an interdisciplinary, pluralistic, universal, and enlightened debate – not a technical debate, but an ethical one – in order to enter this new era with our eyes wide open, without sacrificing our values, and to make it possible to establish a common global foundation of ethical principles.  


What do we mean exactly by a human centred and ethical AI?  What are the immediate and potential long-term ethical challenges raised by AI in the domains of UNESCO’s mandate? What are some of the challenges in establishing ethical frameworks and principles in this field? Does this definition change in different regions of the world? What is a possible way forward and who needs to be involved in the conversation?  


Moderator :

  • John Shawe-Taylor, UNESCO Chair in AI, Professor of Computational Statistics and Machine Learning, University College London, United Kingdom

Introductory remarks :  

  • Sang Wook Yi, Philosophy professor, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea, Member, World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, UNESCO


  1. Bernd Carsten Stahl, Professor of Critical Research in Technology, Director of the Center for Computing and Social Responsibility, De Montford University, United Kingdom
  2. Dorothy Gordon, Chair, Information For All Programme, UNESCO
  3. Edson Prestes, Institute of Informatics, Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  4. Emma Ruttkamp-Bloem, Professor in Philosophy of Science, University of Pretoria, leader of ethics of AI research group, Centre for AI research, Republic of South Africa
  5. Osamu Sudo, Professor, University of Tokyo, Chair of the Council for Social Principles of Human-Centric AI
  6. Sang Wook Yi, Philosophy professor, Hanyang University, Republic of Korea, Member, World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology, UNESCO
  7. Lan Xue, Dean of Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, People's Republic of China



16:15 to 16:30


Coffee will be available in front of Salle 1.  Participants are requested to be back in their seats immediately following the break.

16:30 to 16:45

Keynote 3

16:45 to 18:00

Plenary session 4: New Architectures of International Cooperation on AI

UNESCO, as a standard setter and laboratory of ideas, has a role to play in shaping international debate on the future of AI and its governance; its multidisciplinary mandate positions the Organization to address the ethical and social implications of AI and promote its development that takes into consideration human-centred values.

How can multilateral cooperation on AI be ensured between relevant international, regional, and national bodies so that we are not reinventing the wheel as it concerns the development of norms and standards in this domain? What strategies, frameworks, and principles have been developed at the national or regional level in relation to AI and human-centred values? What remains to be done and what is the role of UNESCO?

Moderator :  

  • Students from Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs Class  “Governing the Rise of AI: A Global Perspective”

Panelists :

  1. Houlin Zhao, Secretary-General, International Telecommunications Union
  2. Amandeep Singh Gill, Executive Director, Secretariat of the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation (ex officio)
  3. Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, Deputy Secretary-General, Council of Europe
  4. Fabrizio Hochschild Drummond, Assistant Secretary-General for Strategic Coordination, Executive office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations
  5. Roberto Viola, Director-General of the EU Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CNECT), European Commission
  6. Boutheina Guermazi, Director of Digital Development, Infrastructure practice group, World Bank Group
  7. Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO
18:00 to 19:00

Setting the Foundation for a Humanistic Approach to AI: A Way Forward - Ministerial Round Table

Moderator :

  • Jean-Michel Jarre, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, French composer, performer and record producer

Introductory remarks :

Ministerial interventions


Closing remarks 

19:00 to 21:00


Restaurant, 7th floor of the Fontenoy Building