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Deeyah Khan and Jean-Michel Jarre, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassadors, took part in the panel discussion of Create 2030

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As President of the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC) and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, Jean-Michel Jarre opened the panel discussion on artificial intelligence, on 13 December 2018, at UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris.

This panel discussion was organized in the framework of the Create 2030 talks during the regular sessions of the Intergovernmental Committeee for the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005).

 The debates focused on the impact of artificial intelligence on the status of artists and the ability of cultural industries to continue to provide decent jobs and fairly remunerate artists. Jean-Michel Jarre advocated for a fair remuneration of creators from the online use of their creative work by the digital giants.

 Another panel discussion on artistic freedom, attended by Goodwill Ambassador Deeyah Khan, was held during the Create 2030 debate in the afternoon. Experts and artists discussed the role of human rights and freedom of expression in creation. They examined threats to artistic freedom, including digital surveillance and online trolling which deprive artists of their means of expression and livelihood. 

 Filmmaker and Goodwill Ambassador Deeyah Khan, speaking on freedom of expression, highlighted the challenges faced by women artists and said that it is still more difficult for women to express themselves fully. According to her, there is some self-censorship among female authors limiting their artistic freedom more than men. According to her, it is necessary that spaces for dialogue and expression are maintained and increased for artistic expression.

 As a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 1993, Jean-Michel Jarre raises awareness about UNESCO’s programmes, notably by taking part in the debates on artificial intelligence initiated by the Organization. Deeyah Khan became the first UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for artistic freedom and creativity in 2016.

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