The Boston Global Forum introduces an op-ed of Amandeep Singh Gill and Tshilidzi Marwala, published in the Daily Maverick (Zimbabwe). Amandeep Gill is United Nations Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology. The Boston Global Forum honored Gill with the World Leader in AI World Society Award 2022.
These are the reasons why the UN Secretary-General has welcomed calls by experts and Member States for the creation of a new UN entity to support collective efforts to govern this extraordinary technology inspired by models such as the International Atomic Energy Agency, the International Civil Aviation Organisation, or the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Such an entity could gather knowledge and expertise and put it at the disposal of Member States and the international community. It could support collaboration on the research of AI tools to accelerate sustainable development.
As a first step, the Secretary-General is convening a multi-stakeholder High-Level Advisory Body for Artificial Intelligence that will report back for options for global AI governance by the end of the year. This is a unique opportunity for experts from governments, private sector, civil society, the technology sector, and academia to come together to create a global scientific consensus on opportunities and risks of AI, and provide guidance to the international community on how best to govern AI in the benefit of all humanity.
The Boston Global Forum and the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation have hosted conferences, during which world leaders contributed ideas for global governance of AI and the quality of information, resulting in the book “Remaking the World – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment.” We support thoughtful regulation of AI within a human centered framework, informed by experience and the imperatives of maintaining openness and civil social order.