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UN Adopts First International Resolution on AI

Fri 22 Mar 2024 | 11:10 AM
Israa Farhan

Officials from the United States announced that the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted the first global resolution on artificial intelligence (AI) on Thursday, aiming to promote the protection of personal data, human rights, and risk monitoring.

Before the endorsement of the non-binding resolution proposed by the United States and supported by China and 121 other countries, officials emphasized in a press conference that the negotiation process took three months.

The resolution also calls for strengthening privacy protection policies.

This resolution is the latest in a series of initiatives launched by governments worldwide to regulate developments in the field of artificial intelligence amid concerns about its potential use to undermine democratic practices, increase fraud, or lead to widespread job loss, among other concerns.

Most previous initiatives have not been effective in addressing these concerns.

The resolution stated that the harmful or improper design, development, deployment, and use of artificial intelligence systems pose risks that may undermine the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

One official, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that the resolution strikes the right balance between promoting development and continuing to protect human rights.

In November, the US, Britain, and more than 12 other countries unveiled the first detailed international agreement on addressing the harms of artificial intelligence, prompting companies to develop "ethically designed" AI systems.