UN Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in The Hague
The Center will monitor global developments, promote the establishment of an international network in this area and contribute to policy making
On Thursday 7 September, the Director of UNICRI, Cindy Smith, and the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the International Organizations, Johan van der Werff, signed the Host Country Agreement for the establishment of the first United Nations Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, in The Hague, the Netherlands.
The benefits of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics will be of paramount importance for society in the years to come. Critical areas such as health, education, energy, economic inclusion, social welfare, the environment, as well as crime prevention, security, stability and justice, will benefit from the progress being made. However, this growth will not be costless if societies will not be prepared to take up the gauntlet to address relevant challenges, for the greater good.
Challenges also present opportunities
Many of these challenges also present opportunities that can be developed if the implications involved by this technological revolution are addressed from the very beginning. The Center in The Hague is a crucial achievement of the program on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. UNICRI launched that program in 2014 with the aim of progressing discussion on robotics and artificial intelligence governance.
The Center will contribute to enhance understanding of the risk-benefit duality of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics through improved coordination, knowledge collection and dissemination, training, awareness-raising and outreach activities. The Center will monitor global developments, promote the establishment of an international network in this area and contribute to policy making. Building consensus amongst concerned communities (national, regional, international, public and private) from theoretical and practical perspectives in a balanced and comprehensive manner is integral to the Center’s approach. Thus, UNICRI contributes to The Hague’s international position as the City of Peace, Justice & Security.
UNICRI is a United Nations entity established in 1965 to support countries worldwide in preventing crime and facilitating criminal justice. It is mandated to assist intergovernmental, governmental and non-governmental organizations in formulating and implementing improved policies in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice. With more than 50 years of experience, UNICRI has structured its work programmes and modus operandi in order to always be responsive to the needs of the international community.
Source: UNICRI5 October 2017