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The Deputy Secretary General at the UNESCO High Level Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Deputy Secretary General Paris 5 March 2019
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The Deputy Secretary General at the UNESCO High Level Conference on Artificial Intelligence

Gabriella Battaini-Dragoni, participated in the high-level conference organised in Paris by UNESCO, "Principles for Artificial Intelligence: Towards a Humanist Approach?”.

Its participation illustrates the importance of the Council of Europe's cooperation links with UNESCO, in particular with regard to the study of the impacts of artificial intelligence on the transformation of society and its development while respecting fundamental values and the human dimension.

The Deputy Secretary General presented the Council of Europe's working lines at a panel discussion on "New architectures for international cooperation on AI", which brought together representatives of the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Telecommunication Union and the European Commission. In particular, she recalled that "living in the digital age does not make human rights obsolete" and stressed the importance of close cooperation between all actors.

The Council of Europe organised, together with the Finnish Presidency of the Committee of Ministers, the conference "AI: mastering the rules of the game" on 26 and 27 February in Helsinki. UNESCO participated in the meeting in the person of Mr Moez Chakchouk, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO.