Outcome Statement of the Forum on Artificial Intelligence in Africa

In December 2018 we contributed as panelists to the successful conclusion of the 1st Forum on Artificial Intelligence in Africa, held in Benguerir. The resulting Outcome Statement or the Benguerir Statement has indicated the need to adopt a human-centered artificial intelligence for Africa’s development as well as UNESCO’s key role in addressing some challenges and opportunities that Al represents for the continent. The statement came to our team via  a letter addressed from the Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa and External Relations of UNESCO, Mr Firmin E. Matoko.

 

UNESCO using the power of Artificial Intelligence

The Chairs team has attended a meeting in Paris titled “Impact on Artificial Intelligence on UNESCO’s field of competence”, chaired by Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information with the representatives of each Programme Sector and Global Priority.

The meeting highlighted the outcomes of recent initiatives including the Forum on AI in Africa organised by UNESCO on 12 and 13 December in Benguérir, Morocco and preparations for the upcoming international conference “Artificial Intelligence principles: Toward a humanist Approach?”.

African perspectives on Artificial Intelligence

The Chairs team attended the 1st Forum on AI in Benguérir, Morocco. The Forum’s objective was to enrich the global reflection on AI by drawing up a complete inventory of the situation and towards an assessment of an African scale, by taking into account challenges, opportunities and issues specific to local contexts. About 150 participants representing the Member States as well as high-level public and private sector partners are expected at this event co-organized with the Polytechnic University Mohamed VI.

Open Discussion on AI @ UNESCO

At the Mozilla Foundation offices in Paris we attended a great workshop and witnessed two great keynotes, from the drone delivery start-up Zipline showcasing the use of AI in logistics in Rwanda, and Bruno Lanvin, Executive Director for Global Indices, INSEAD, touching on a new report on AI global indexes to be presented at the 2019 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos.

John Shawe-Taylor becomes new UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence

 

John Shawe-Taylor becomes new UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence
John Shawe-Taylor becomes new UNESCO Chair in Artificial Intelligence

We are pleased that the UNESCO Selection Committee has favorably evaluated the proposal for the establishment of a UNESCO Chair on Artificial Intelligence at University College of London which is one of the core members of our network. The standard Agreement between the UNESCO Director-General and UCL to formally establish the Chair will be prepared shortly. The Chair will study Artificial Intelligence as a driver and component for solutions and strategies to assist the achievement of the SDGs. This makes John Shawe-Taylor (K4A Chairman) the third trustee to become UNESCO Chair.