27 April 2021
UNESCO Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts on Draft Recommendation on AI Ethics


 The Intergovernmental Meeting of Experts (Category II) related to a Draft Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) was organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on April 26-30, online. Egypt, represented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), has participated in the meeting.
 
At its 40th session in November 2019, UNESCO General Conference decided to develop an international standard-setting instrument on the ethics of AI, in the form of a recommendation. Since then, UNESCO has led a multidisciplinary, multicultural and pluralist effort to produce a preliminary report and a first draft of the Recommendation, shared with Member States in September 2020 for their comments. These written comments were taken into consideration by the Director-General when preparing her final report on the Recommendation, containing the draft of the Recommendation on the Ethics of AI.
 
In this regards, the Intergovernmental special committee meeting of technical and legal experts was convened to examine the draft text of the Recommendation on the Ethics of AI. The negotiated and approved text will be submitted to Member States for the adoption by the General Conference of UNESCO at its 41st session. If adopted, the Recommendation will be the first global normative instrument in this critically important field.
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