Youth Voices and the Future of Artificial Intelligence: Towards a Human-Centered Approach

When :

from Monday 18 November, 2019
to Monday 18 November, 2019

Type of event :

General Conference

Where :

UNESCO HQ - Room/Salle IV, 7, place de Fontenoy, 75007, Paris, France

Given UNESCO’s universal mandate and specialized interdisciplinary knowledge, its 25-year history of work on the ethics of science and technology, and its operational strategy for Priority Africa, Member States have called on the Organization to enrich the global reflection on artificial intelligence (AI) by considering its ethical implications and impact across UNESCO’s areas of competence.

Organized by the intersectoral AI task team, this side event will gather stakeholders working on developing principles, standards and frameworks in the field of AI, such as the African Union, the OECD, ISESCO, the IEEE, the United Nations High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, and the Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of AI, to discuss potential synergies with UNESCO’s work in the development of a possible standard-setting instrument.

AI has a particular impact on youth, and the ways in which they conceive their futures in a world shaped by the technology of tomorrow. This side event will also ensure dialogue between leaders and youth in the field of AI at the international and regional levels. Discussions will focus on how artificial intelligence is impacting human rights and sustainable development, notably in Africa, and specifically on how to ensure that young people are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to actively participate in an AI-powered world.


Master of Ceremonies: Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director-General, Communication and Information Sector, Chair, Intersectoral Task Team on AI, UNESCO


Opening speech: Audrey Azoulay, Director-General, UNESCO


Panel 1: Developing Principles for AI

Youth Introduction and moderation: Delfina Belli, Student, Sciences Po

• Angel Gurria, Secretary-General, OECD
• Dr. Salim bin Mohammed Al Malik, Director General, ISESCO
• H.E. Dr. Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union
• Dr. Marc Antoine Dilhac, Coordinator/Director, Montreal Declaration for a Responsible Development of AI
• Dr. Clara Neppel, Senior Director, IEEE


Panel 2: From Principles to Practice

Youth introduction and moderation: Imane Bello, lecturer, Sciences Po, legal consultant

• Adriana Eufrosina Bora, AI policy Researcher and Project Manager, Global Data Commons
• Dr. Amandeep Singh Gill, Executive Director, United Nations High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation
• Nicolas Miailhe, Co-Founder and Director, The Future Society
• Dr. Eva-Marie Muller-Stuler, Chief Data Scientist and leader of the Centre of Excellence for Data Science, IBM MEA
• Dr. Peter Paul Verbeek, Chair, World Commission on the Ethics of Scientific Knowledge and Technology (COMEST)



• Webcast: Floor - English - French

• Brochure: English - French