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Creating an Age of Global Enlightenment

November 22, 2022 - November 23, 2022

Time: November 22-23, 2022

Venue: Harvard University Loeb House, 17 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA

The United Nations is championing a Global Digital Compact and Roadmap for Digital Cooperation under the leadership of the Technology Envoy of Secretary General of United Nations and his office. The UN initiative will be addressed at the   UN Summit of the Future in 2024. The BGF is a strong supporter of this effort.

The Boston Global Forum framing of The United Nations Centennial Initiative as well as its publication entitled Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment (with the AI World Society (AIWS), the AI International Accord, and the Social Contract for the AI Age) capture the urgent need for consolidate action.  Toward this end, the BGF has established Global Alliance for Digital Governance (GADG) to coordinate global resources to buttress the creation of an Age of Global Enlightenment.

On the first day of the Conference, distinguished leaders and thinkers will honor the UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology Amandeep Gill with the World Leader in AIWS Award. Ambassador Gill will present the “Distinguished Global Enlightenment Speech”.  This first will also include a discussion of ways in which the BGF can contribute to the development of an Age of Global Enlightenment as indicated in its Manifesto, entitled AIWS Actions to create an Age of Global Enlightenment. 

On second day, the Conference will focus on the many contributions of, and lessons learned from, the lives of the late Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the late Vietnamese Prime Minister Vo Van Kiet that helped to build critical pillars for world peace and security.

Moderators and Speakers:

Ambassador Amandeep Gill, Under Secretary General and United Nations Envoy on Technology

Governor Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts, US Presidential

Democratic Candidate 1988, co-founder and Chair of the Boston Global Forum (BGF)

Cameron Kerry, former US  and Acting Secretary of Commerce

Yasukazu Hamada, Japanese Minister of Defense

Shinsuke J. Sugiyama, former Japan Ambassador to the US

Thomas Patterson, Harvard professor, BGF Board Member

Nazli Choucri, MIT professor, BGF Board Member

Alex Sandy Pentland, MIT professor, BGF Board Member

Ramu Damodaran, Co-Chair of the United Nations Centennial Initiative, the first Chief of United Nations Academic Impact

Dr. Joan Donovan, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy’s Research Director, Harvard University

Zlatko Lagumdzija, former Prime Minister of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Representative of the Boston Global Forum in Balkan

 Lana Cook, PhD, Assistant Director, Strategic Initiatives, MIT Open Learning

Koichi Hamada, Yale Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Tomohiko Taniguchi, Professor, Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe

Ichiro Fujisaki, former Japanese Ambassador to the US

Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO, Boston Global Forum

Mats Karlsson, former Vice President of the World Bank, Representative of BGF in Sweden

Francesco Lapenta, the Founding Director of the John Cabot University Institute of Future and Innovation Studies


November 22, 2022
November 23, 2022
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