Interview with Fethi Mansouri - Advancing a new social contract in the post-Covid-19 era?
Professor Fethi Mansouri PhD UNESCO Chairholder Cultural Diversity and Social Justice at the Deakin University Melbourne Australia and UNITWIN Convenor Interreligious Dialogue and Intercultural Understanding IDIU shares his views on the impact of COVID19 on intercultural dialogue New forms of solidarity and dialogue are emerging at a time when social distancing seems to be the only efficient blockade to the pandemic At the same time massive economic disparities and access to health care are being pushed to the limit with inevitable consequences on the rise of racism and discriminations Are we ready to engage in a new social contract in view of the postCOVID19 era
The socio-cultural implications of COVID-19
Professor Fethi Mansouri UNESCO Chairholder for Cultural Diversity and Social Justice at Deakin University Melbourne Australia and UNITWIN Convenor for Interreligious Dialogue and Intercultural Understanding shares his views on the sociocultural implications of COVID19
Agreement to establish the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence in Ljubljana signed
AI has the potential to accelerate the achievement of sustainable development goals but also contribute towards new challenges that we must anticipate Aggressive deployment of AI is raising many ethical questions across the globe as its configuration rapidly transforms various spheres of human agency This underlines the importance of a humancentred approach to maximize benefits and counter challenges and the significance of plans to create an International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence IRCAI as a UNESCO Category 2 centre in Ljubljana Slovenia The Agreement was signed on distance by Slovenias Minister of Education Science and Sport and Deputy Prime Minister Dr Jernej Pikalo and UNESCOs Assistant DirectorGeneral for Communication and Information Mr Moez Chakchouk as the representative of the Director General on 5 March 2020 During the ceremony Mr Pikalo expressed his confidence in the Governments partnership with UNESCO and noted This agreement between UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia illustrates a strong foundation for the future activities of IRCAI and represents a direct response to the challenges many member states are faced with in view of emerging AI technologies For his part Mr Chakchouk thanked the Government of Slovenia and the Deputy Prime Minister and noted that AI can help to pave the way for new opportunities for sustainable development and help in constructing knowledge societies This Centre represents a shared vision by the Government of Slovenia and UNESCO to better understand AIs role for humanity The establishment of IRCAI was debated during UNESCOs Executive Board at its 206th session and was subsequently approved during the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference This validated the proposal and authorized the DirectorGeneral to sign an agreement between UNESCO and the Government of Slovenia concerning the establishment and operation of the Centre The Centre will not only maximize the benefits of AI to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals but also expedite a multistakeholder mechanism to put AI under the litmus test of ethical legal openness and policy challenges The Centre will also add a unique focus and further expertise on UNESCOs AI programmes In particular it will leverage the power and capability of AI across various areas of competence of UNESCO by generating relevant statistics on AI AIrelated applications and associated technological innovations The creation of the Centre also takes place against the backdrop of a recentlylaunched UNESCO publication Steering AI and Advanced ICTs for Knowledge Societies This publication highlights some of the challenges and opportunities of AI from a human rights openness inclusive access and multistakeholder perspective It advocates for steering clear of both technological utopianism and dystopian thinking while giving attention to the role of human agency and humancentred values in the development of AI Category 2 centres under the auspices of UNESCO are established and funded by Member States to contribute to the achievement of UNESCOs objectives Though not legally part of the Organization these Centres are associated with UNESCO through formal arrangements approved by the General Conference More information about UNESCOs work on humancentred AI is available at httpsenunescoorgartificialintelligence For more information on this article please contact Bhanu Neupane bneupaneunescoorg
Corona Virus Media Watch launched by UNESCO’s International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence in Slovenia
The global COVID19 outbreak has been described as a pandemic by World Health Organization WHO following almost 125000 cases that have been reported to WHO from 118 countries and territories World leaders including UNESCO DirectorGeneral Audrey Azoulay have called for solidarity and action to address emerging challenges due to the spread of COVID19