Slovenia Hosts 2nd Global Forum on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

Emilija Stojmenova Duh, Minister for Digital Transformation, Slovenia

The Government of Slovenia under the patronage of UNESCO, will host the second Global Forum on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence on February 5 and 6, 2024, at the Brdo Congress Centre of Kranj. The Forum will be dedicated to Changing the Landscape of AI Governance.

The Forum will bring together the experiences and expertise of countries at different levels of technological and policy development, for a focused exchange to learn from each other, and for a dialogue with the private sector, academia, and a wider civil society.

The Czech Republic hosted the inaugural edition of the Forum in December 2022.

In 2021, UNESCO adopted an ambitious global standard, the Recommendation on the Ethics of AI, through which it made a seminal contribution to the goal of effective and ethical AI governance. UNESCO is also spearheading its implementation by the Member States through innovative tools and methodologies, such as the Readiness and the Ethical Impact Assessments. 

Through the application of these tools, UNESCO is changing the business model that drives AI, and going beyond principles to develop a range of concrete and practical solutions and to ensure that AI outcomes are fair, inclusive, sustainable, and non-discriminatory.

The pieces of evidence obtained through this work, including a comprehensive and multidimensional diagnoses of the AI readiness of almost fifty countries around the world, will inform the debates during the Forum. 

High-level decision makers, industry leaders, representatives of scientific and research institutions as well as non-government organisations will share their insights and good practices about governance of Artificial Intelligence at global, regional, and national levels during the first day of the Forum.

On the second day, leading experts in the field exploring opportunities and challenges posed by AI, such as the potential of the technology to advance the agenda of equity, diversity and non-discrimination, emerging best practices of AI supervision, partnerships with the private sector through the ethical impact assessments, and the impact of AI on gender equality will be featured.

The Forum will also feature the launch of various UNESCO initiatives including the Global AI Ethics Observatory and UNESCO AI Ethics Experts without Borders Network.

For further information and to register to participate in the Forum, please visit the Global Forum on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence 2024 page.