Remarks of Prime Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija at the BGF 10th Anniversary Conference

Nov 27, 2022Global Alliance for Digital Governance

Manifesto “AIWS Actions to create an Age of Global Enlightenment”

Harvard University, Loeb House, November 22, 2022,

Prime Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija


I am honored to be part of a great team while learning, expanding and understanding about new horizons through rich and enlightening dialogue that Governor Dukakis has been assembling with Tuans big footprint on the Boston Global Forum platform in the last decade.

It is a great pleasure to be part of this two-day BGF 10th Anniversary Conference and listen to the Distinguished Global Enlightenment Speech by Amandeep Gill, the UN SG Envoy on Technology. Governor Dukakis, Ambassador Gill – congratulations for your work and passion for Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment.

Allow me to underline some thoughts about our common work so far on Manifesto “AIWS Actions to create an Age of Global Enlightenment” that is based on the AIWS model whose core and pillars were introduced last year in the book “Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment”.

Creating an Age of Global Enlightenment vision have to be based on peace, dignity, equality and sustainable development on a healthy planet on a road to fulfilling SDGs while protecting the standards and human values encapsulated in Universal Declaration Human Rights adopted by UN General Assembly in Paris on December 10, 1948 and of the Social Contract for the AI Age (SCAI).

We know that such a big and important set of goals require building a borderless data infrastructure, creating opportunities for all individuals, businesses, and organizations to co-create new values, new products and services that are prosperous, high efficiency, faster, smarter, as a prerequisite for connecting data infrastructure, commercial transactions and development.

But from the very beginning it is important to point out that every country is welcomed but along the values and standards that are outlined in Manifesto. If a country meets the standards, it has to be welcomed and be connected to this data infrastructure, in order to create an economy where every citizen is an innovator.

I consider Creating an education program called the Global Enlightenment Education Program (GEEP) for all individuals the most important element of a shared future along the vision and values that we share and promote today. I am sure that organizations and individuals that commit to respect and apply SCAI standards can participate, and be supported with the GEEP program will be able to know how to build a home of creativity for themselves.

The creation and strengthening the Global Alliance for Digital Governance (GADG) which stands out to call, connect, and coordinate between the United Nations, governments of the four founding Pillars: US, Japan, India, and European Alliance (EA), an alliance including the EU, UK, and European countries that accept and apply SCAI standards is precondition for effective and efficient actions along our shared vision.

These governments have to join a United Nations led Artificial Intelligence International Accord (AIIA), and Global Digital Compact (GDC), and then implement it with maximum resources and support given for full inclusion of developing countries which are ready to share the values and standards we have built so far.

After so many inequalities and gaps in between the nation states and inside the nation states we should not allow the new inequalities creating some kind of Age of Global Enlightenment Divide – some kind of division in between two poles, two parallel, confronted, exclusive “Global” civilizations – Enlightened on one side and Left Behind or “Enlightened in waiting” on another side.

That is why Global Enlightenment Economy (GEE) and Global Enlightenment Economy Infrastructure (GEEI) have to respect and recognize contributions to society, to drive people and society with a focus not only on material and financial values, but also contribute to creating an Age of Global Enlightenment with peace, security, prosperity for every country, every people, and preventing extreme nationalism in any country.

I am among the ones that is today eager to hear more about this technology platform that is introduced in Alex Sandy Pentland’s article “Building a New Economy: Data, AI, and Web3”.

I am sure that Global Enlightenment Economy Infrastructure supported by the Global Enlightenment Polity and its knowledge platform, the Global System for Sustainable Development (GSSD) can be very instrumental in helping to solve some of the key connected societies problem – problem   of disinformation, misinformation and the like. Then GEEI and GSSD will be good and solid platforms for politics and society of the Global Enlightenment Age – AIWS.

In this context let me conclude by sharing a few words about the Global Enlightenment Education Program (GEEP) intended to help remote, mountain, island areas, developing countries, whose vulnerable populations can easily learn and practice becoming innovators to master their lives in the Global Enlightenment Age.

But at the same time creating GEEI is an excellent platform and foundation to challenge disinformation and misinformation issues, by allowing GEEI to become a solid foundation to build Global Enlightenment politics and society: smarter, faster, more effective, more reliable, more sustainable, fulfilling a United Nations vision of digital trust and security. Ultimately the best way to be effective in solving disinformation and misinformation is to double down the truth. GEEI and GEEP, Global Enlightenment Economy Infrastructure and Global Enlightenment Education Program, I clearly see as an Enlightened Truth Infrastructure for doubling down the truth in growing misinformation and disinformation pollution.

I will stop in here by thanking to Cameron Kerry and Nazli Choucri for their words on Manifesto, looking forward to listen Francesco Lapenta and at the same time being eager to hear some thoughts from distinguished colleagues Joan Donovan on misinformation and disinformation as well as Randall Davis on Knowledge-Based Systems in AI for an Age of Global Enlightenment – topics that are in core of our shared mission: Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment.

AI International Accord (AIIA) supports the Global Digital Compact by defining the responsibilities of all participating groups (governments, industry, academia, science).

In other words it means support for the vision of United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

“Building on the recommendations of the road map for digital cooperation (see UN document A/74/821), the United Nations, Governments, the private sector and civil society could come together as a multi-stakeholder digital technology track in preparation for a Summit of the Future to agree on a Global Digital Compact. This would outline shared principles for an open, free and secure digital future for all. Complex digital issues that could be addressed may include: reaffirming the fundamental commitment to connecting the unconnected; avoiding fragmentation of the Internet; providing people with options as to how their data is used; application of human rights online; and promoting a trustworthy Internet by introducing accountability criteria for discrimination and misleading content. More broadly, the Compact could also promote regulation of artificial intelligence to ensure that this is aligned with shared global values.”