Countries File Proposed AI Resolution to United Nations

Last week, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, stated that artificial intelligence had the potential to shape the society, economies and the world for the better. Thomas-Greenfield, together with 40 other U.N. member states, revealed that the United States has introduced an initiative that would ensure that AI’s benefits extended around the world to nations.

The initiative requested that United Nations member states promote secure, safe and trustworthy artificial intelligence systems to address challenges that affect countries around the globe. Those challenges include issues related to health, poverty and its elimination, education, energy, climate and food security.

Thomas-Greenfield further noted that the U.S. and other member states remain committed to dealing with these issues and bridging AI and other digital divides within and between nations by increasing digital literacy and capacity building, among other actions.

The ambassador delivered the joint statement on behalf of Australia, Argentina, Bahamas, Austria, Bulgaria, Belgium, Canada, Cabo Verde, Côte d’Ivoire, Chile, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Czechia, Dominican Republic, Djibouti, the European Union, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Georgia, Hungary, Greece, India, Iceland, Israel, Ireland, Japan, Italy, Latvia, Kenya, Lithuania, Liberia, Malta, Luxembourg, Morocco, Montenegro, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Poland, Peru, Republic of Korea, Portugal, Singapore, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Türkiye, Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom.

She hopes to gain additional support from other member states.

Thomas-Greenfield added that agreement on this topic was important and could help extend artificial intelligence’s benefits to countries across different regions in support of the Agenda for Sustainable Development. The objective of this agenda is to end hunger and poverty, achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all girls and women, realize human rights of all, and ensure the lasting protection of earth and its natural resources by 2030.

Morocco’s ambassador to the United Nations, Omar Hilale, stated that the initiative was a good opportunity for the collective. Hilale noted that AI’s potential to accelerate development was great, but it was crucial to be aware of the technology’s malicious use, which could have dire consequences for global development, security and peace.

The UAE’s mission to the U.N. revealed that Ambassador Abushahab took part in a press stakeout on a new initiative that would establish a shared vision to promote trustworthy artificial intelligence systems, noting that while artificial intelligence had great potential to help humanity, it needed to be used responsibly.

Additionally, the Dominican Republic’s Mission to the U.N. noted that the state was pleased to be a cosponsor of the initiative. The initiative will be voted on on March 21, 2024.

The outcome of the vote could give leading companies in the AI space, such as Palantir Technologies Inc. (NYSE: PLTR), an idea about the approach that different jurisdictions could take in regulating the fast-growing AI industry.

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