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The Riga Conference 2020 and The Social Contract for the AI Age

The Riga Conference 2020 was a great success with final session, including panelists Baltic presidents of Finland Sauli Niinisto, Kersti Kaljulaid of Estonia, Egils Levits of Latvia and Gitanas Nausėda of Lithuania. The President of European Commission stressed in her speech that “the Riga Conference has become a key of annual appointment for transatlantic relation.”

The Paper “SOCIAL CONTRACT FOR THE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AGE. SAFETY, SECURITY, & SUSTAINABILITY FOR AI WORLD” by Nazli Choucri, Nguyen Anh Tuan, Marc Rotenberg was published as a Policy Brief at the Riga Conference 2020

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Rīga Conference 2020 said during his speech,

 “NATO 2030 has three objectives.

First, it’s about staying strong militarily.In a challenging security environment, we need to continue to invest in deterrence and defence. Not only in tanks and bullets. But also in cyber and other new capabilities.

Second, we must make NATO a stronger political Alliance. It’s not news that Allies sometimes have their differences. But NATO is the only place where North America and Europe meet every day. So it’s the best place to sit down, remember what unites us, and solve our differences together.

And third, NATO needs a more global approach. Not because we want to be a global alliance. But because so many of the challenges we face are global. Like terrorism, cyber-threats, the proliferation of nuclear weapons and of course the rise of China. So we need to work ever more closely with our partners. And with other organisations like the United Nations and the European Union, to protect our values and way of life. And to defend the global rules-based order.”

Ministers of Defense of the UK, Canada, France, Japan and the Baltic countries were speakers at the Riga Conference 2020.

In discussions with his co-panelists, the defence ministers Mr. Jüri Luik from Estonia, Dr. Artis Pabriks from Latvia, and the Rt Hon Ben Wallace from the United Kingdom, Minister Sajjan also stressed the important role defence investment can play in economic recovery. Additionally, the panel discussed how NATO members needed to stand united and move forward cohesively in order to combat the worst effects of the pandemic. Minister Sajjan highlighted the importance of integrating the concept of resilience in our national and collective defence approaches, allowing Canada and its NATO Allies to help overcome complex challenges, such as COVID-19.


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