United Nations General Assembly Adopts by Consensus U.S.-Led Resolution on Seizing the Opportunities of Safe, Secure and Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence Systems for Sustainable Development

Mar 25, 2024Global Alliance for Digital Governance, News

On March 21, 2024, the United Nations General Assembly achieved a historic milestone by adopting, through consensus, a resolution spearheaded by the United States on “Seizing the opportunities of safe, secure, and trustworthy artificial intelligence systems for sustainable development.” This marks the first-ever standalone resolution negotiated at the UN General Assembly aimed at establishing a global consensus approach to AI governance.

The United States’s leadership on this effort enabled all Member States to endorse principles that will promote safe, secure, and trustworthy artificial intelligence systems to advance sustainable development.

The Boston Global Forum (BGF), which established the AI World Society (AIWS) in 2017 and has contributed reports for the G7 Summit in 2018 and 2019, as well as conferences in collaboration with the Club de Madrid in 2020 and 2021, celebrates this momentous news.

MIT Professor Nazli Choucri, a BGF Board Member, commends the UN General Assembly’s decision, stating: “The adoption of the first resolution by the UN General Assembly to protect humanity from the potential dangers and damages of the ungoverned development and applications of Artificial Intelligence is a significant achievement. Even more remarkable is the unanimous vote, emphasizing the compelling call for ‘safe and trustworthy’ AI and the widespread support for these principles. The Resolution is firmly anchored in, and reinforces, the global consensus of supporting sustainable development.”


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