To mark the two-year anniversary of the adoption of the UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, the UN body has called on governments to accelerate implementation of the ethical standard.

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It made the call at a media briefing this week to highlight the progress it has made as well as the challenges the world must meet in the next few years.

AI technologies and their applications bring benefits in many areas, but without ethical guardrails, they threaten to reproduce real world bias and discrimination, and undermine fundamental human rights and freedoms. Only by building the optimal frameworks, institutions, and skill-sets can governments ensure AI does not cause harm.

With the adoption of the Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, in November 2021, UNESCO achieved a ground-breaking agreement among all its Member States. This international agreement defined for the first time how AI should be designed and used to benefit people and respect their human rights.

In the past two years, UNESCO has championed its rollout, achieving significant progress on AI ethics in all regions of the world. UNESCO invites journalists to a press briefing at which a panel of experts will outline this recent progress and explain why governments must accelerate the pace of AI regulation and work harder to mitigate AIs risks.

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