» Andrés Roemer and Jean-Michel Jarre moderators during the 2019 Mobile Learning Week.
06.03.2019 - Honorary and Goodwill Ambassadors

Andrés Roemer and Jean-Michel Jarre moderators during the 2019 Mobile Learning Week.


Andrés Roemer and Jean-Michel Jarre, both UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, moderated two plenary sessions during the first day of the 2019 Mobile Learning Week at UNESCO Headquarters.

Due to its development and its possibilities, Artificial Intelligence will play a key role in our societies and have a profound effect on them. Considering this, UNESCO decided to consider this topic and to lead an international reflection to ensure that the potential of AI is harnessed at the service of humanity’s sustainable development. Thus, the 2019 Mobile Learning Week, which is held between 4 and 8 March 2019, is entitled “Artificial Intelligence for Sustainable Development”.

The week began on Monday with a day of conferences around the theme “Principles for AI: Towards a Humanistic Approach?”. During the inaugural speech, Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO Director General, recalled the upheaval of our societies that AI is likely to lead, and has actually led. We are at the dawn of a new era. “Artificial intelligence is not a matter of technology, but a matter of our own humanity. It is a scientific, political, philosophical and ethical matter.” She recalled the importance of taking up this issue. “This is not a question of being afraid nor being naïve: it is a question of being fully aware of our responsibility”. It is the duty of UNESCO.

At 11:45 in the morning, Andrés Roemer, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Social Change and the Free Flow of Knowledge, moderated the second plenary session of the day entitled “The universality of AI?”. It took place in two sessions. The first group of speakers focused on the necessity of ensuring a multilateral approach so that countries act in concert to address the challenge of AI. A second group focused on the need for including all the stakeholders in the reflections about AI. The universality of AI must include all the territories and involve all the concerned actors (private sector, public authorities, civil society), in an ethical approach.

At 6:00 pm, Jean-Michel Jarre, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador moderated the last panel discussion, "Setting the foundation for a humanistic approach to AI: A way forward”. This panel gathered the Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, the Minister for Education and Higher Education of Palestine, and the Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence of the United Arab Emirates, to discuss the impact of AI on sustainable development in their country and on the role that UNESCO can play to harness AI at the service of sustainable development.

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