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United Nations – Advisory Body on AI

To address issues in the international governance of artificial intelligence, the United Nations launched a multistakeholder high-level Advisory Body on AI that will apply a globally inclusive approach.

What: Administrative decision – creation of an advisory body

Impactscore: 3

For who: regulators, companies, legal professionals, developers and deployers of AI

URL: https://www.un.org/en/ai-advisory-body


On the 26th of October, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres launched a high-level multistakeholder Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence. This Body will support efforts for the international governance of AI by undertaking analysis and advancing recommendations to link various existing AI governance initiatives.

The Body consists of 38 experts in relevant disciplines from around the world, including experts from government, private sector and civil society, who will work independently guided by some basic principles and the values in the United Nations Charter. This approach will provide various perspectives and options on how AI can be globally coordinated for the common good.

The Body’s first tasks include building a global scientific consensus on risks and challenges concerning AI, helping harness AI for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and strengthening international cooperation on AI governance. The Body will help connect other initiatives on AI governance and issue preliminary recommendations by the end of 2023 in three areas: (1) the international governance of AI, (2) a shared understanding of risks & challenges, and (3) key opportunities and enablers, to leverage AI to accelerate the delivery of the SDGs. Furthermore, it will make final recommendations as preparation for the Summit of the Future in 2024, and specifically for negotiations around the UN’s proposed Global Digital Compact