France among 15 nations creating Global Partnership on AI

Digital diplomacy – Launch of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence by 15 founding members – Communiqué issued by the Office of the Minister of State for the Digital Sector

Paris, 15 June 2020

Canada and France are uniting with Australia, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America and the European Union to create the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI).

Aware of the need for cooperation at international level to exploit the full potential of artificial intelligence (AI) and make it benefit all citizens while respecting democratic values and the primacy of the human being, the 15 founding members intend to support and guide the responsible development of an artificial intelligence that is grounded in human rights, inclusion and diversity, while fostering innovation and economic growth.

GPAI (Global Partnership on AI) is an international, multi-stakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of AI, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation and economic growth. In order to achieve this goal, the member countries will strive to bridge the gap between theory and practice by supporting cutting-edge research and applied activities on AI-related priorities.

In collaboration with partners and international organizations, GPAI will bring together leading experts from industry, civil society, governments, and academia to collaborate across four Working Group themes: 1) responsible AI; 2) data governance; 3) the future of work; and 4) innovation and commercialization. In the short term, GPAI’s experts will also investigate how AI can be leveraged to better respond to and recover from COVID-19.

GPAI will be supported by a Secretariat, to be hosted by the OECD in Paris, as well as by two Centres of Expertise – one each in Montreal and Paris. The relationship with the OECD will bring strong synergies between GPAI’s scientific and technical work and the international policy leadership provided by the OECD in terms of public policy linked to AI. This will guarantee that policies aimed at the responsible use of AI will be grounded in facts.

The National Institute for Research in Digital Science and Technology (INRIA) will pilot the Centre of Expertise in Paris. Centres of expertise will provide administrative and research support for practical projects undertaken or assessed by different working group experts from various sectors and disciplines. The centres will also organize the annual GPAI Multistakeholder Experts Group Plenary. Canada will host the first of these in December 2020.

This collective launch crowns two years of intense, joint work by France and Canada’s digital diplomacies, following the appeal issued by President Emmanuel Macron and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Canada-France Statement on Artificial Intelligence of June 2018.

Conducted by Cédric O, Minister of State for the Digital Sector, with the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs’ strong support, the negotiations enabled an important coalition of countries to be brought together. Twelve other countries have already joined the initiative, in addition to Canada and France, as has the European Union, as founding members. The OECD and UNESCO are also involved. GPAI is set to be broadened to include other willing States in the near future.

Cédric O said: “The Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence embodies a great collective transnational drive which France is proud to have initiated with Canada. Bringing together 15 founding members today, the project combines confidence in the contribution AI can make to respond to the planet’s major challenges with a desire to guide and regulate the uses of technology, in keeping with our values.”./.

Published on 17/06/2020

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