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UN approves resolution encouraging safe, secure AI for sustainable development

The UN General Assembly passed a resolution on Thursday aimed at promoting safe, secure, and trustworthy artificial intelligence for sustainable development, Anadolu Agency reported.

Spearheaded by the US, the resolution received overwhelming support from all 193 member states, the article added.

According to the news agency, it seeks to bridge digital divides, accelerate progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and encourage the development of regulatory frameworks for AI systems.

US envoy to the UN, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, emphasized the importance of capacity building and closing digital divides to ensure everyone benefits from AI.

She described the resolution as a significant step towards leveraging AI for saving lives, reducing poverty, protecting the planet, and creating a more equitable world.

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan highlighted the historic nature of the resolution, co-sponsored by over 100 countries, in fostering safe and trustworthy AI systems.

He underscored the framework’s emphasis on global collaboration, fair access, risk management, privacy protection, prevention of misuse, and mitigation of bias and discrimination.

Sullivan pledged to “continue to strengthen international cooperation and respond to the far-reaching implications of AI.”

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