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From Commitment to Action – presenting AI solutions for the SDGs

The Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the UN and the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) are organizing a side event focused on artificial intelligence (AI) and solutions this technology can provide for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

UPCOMING WEBINARS

PAST WEBINARS

SIDE EVENT: "FROM COMMITMENT TO ACTION – PRESENTING AI SOLUTIONS FOR THE SDGs"

Location: online
Date: 18 February, 9.00-10.15 (ET)
Registration: Zoom link

The event will also be streamed on YouTube channel of IRCAI: Link to stream

The Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the UN and the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) are organizing a side event focused on artificial intelligence (AI) and solutions this technology can provide for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

AI holds the potential to serve humankind and to bring benefits to individuals, countries and businesses. Furthermore, AI can also help tackle social, economic and environmental challenges: poverty, climate change and inequality. As such, it can contribute to the efforts of the global community to attain sustainable development goals. 

The International Research Center Artificial Intelligence is a new Category 2 centre under the auspices of UNESCO and the only one directly focused on Artificial Intelligence. It’s associated through formal arrangements approved by the UNESCO General Conference and is committed to engage in supporting UNESCO’s strategic programme objectives. IRCAI is partially directly funded by the Republic of Slovenia where it is located, but its scope and reach are global.

IRCAI functions as a Network of institutions and experts across the world, and a clearinghouse for relevant global AI projects. It is available to provide an open and transparent dialogue that, in addition to research on AI, by specifically addressing SDGs through AI technologies, and discussions in the AI field, can provide policy support to stakeholders around the world, action plans and research roadmaps in the field of AI. 

The Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the UN has been working closely with IRCAI since its inception and we intend to organise a series of events also this year. 

Our activities come after IRCAI has successfully co-organized 13 events in close cooperation with Slovenian diplomatic representations in 12 countries last year, in the World Series Events on AI

This event will, among other, focus on presentation of key advances in AI technology for SDGs, on the state-of-the-art AI to leverage opportunities for energy efficiency in energy-intensive industries, re-engineering for the way societies produce and consume and on improved technology to effectively achieve the SDGs. 

The solutions are part of the IRCAI Global Top 100, a list of the top 100 projects solving problems related to the 17 sustainable development goals from all around the world. These are the initial cohort of the Accelerator that IRCAI will be setting up in 2022.

 

AGENDA

9:00 – 9:15 ET – Introduction and Welcome

Opening and Introduction
• Ambassador Boštjan Malovrh, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the UN
• Tawfik Jelassi, Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, UNESCO
• Maria-Francesca Spatolisano Acting Envoy, Office of the Secretary General’s Envoy on Technology

Keynote Speech
• Ambassador Collen Vixen Kelapile, Permanent Representative of Botswana to the UN, President of ECOSOC

Presentation of the current work and plans of the IRCAI Centre
• John Shawe-Taylor, Director IRCAI

 09:20 – 9:50 ET- Presentations of tangible real-life use of AI in solving sustainable development challenges (TOP100 projects)

Introduction: 

• Massimo Preziuso, Chair of Business and Impact Council IRCAI 

Speakers and outstanding projects, 3 minutes each

Bertie Vidgen, Rewire (SDG 5, 9, 16)
• Angela Jorns
, ASMSpotter (SDG 12, 15)
• Catherine Nakalembe, NASA Harvest (SDG 1, 2, 10, 13, 15, 17)
• Jonas Gramse, FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence for All  (SDG 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13, 17)
Lyric Jain, Logically Intelligence (SDG 16)
• Vian Sharif, NatureAlpha Biodiversity & nature metrics platform (SDG 6, 13, 14, 15, 17)
Vincenzo Di Nicola, An AI-powered classification email system to help the Italian Public Administration to better serve citizens (SDG 8, 9)
• Ulrich Scharf, SkillLab (SDG 1, 4, 8, 10)
• Mohammed Ashour, Novel Application of Advanced Manufacturing Approaches to High Quality Protein (SDG 2, 3, 9, 12, 13, 17)

9:50 – 9:55 ET – Wrap up of the Top 100 session and AI Award announcement

• Davor Orlic, Chief Operations Officer IRCAI: announcing the TOP 100 list analysis and report and AI awardee Adriana Eufrosina Bora, Researcher at QUT

9:55 – 10:15 ET – Q & A session, interventions from the floor

Moderated by Ambassador Boštjan Malovrh, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the UN

10:15 ET – Closing of the event

A virtual Press Conference will be organised by IRCAI after the event (a separate link for that will be provided) for a more in depth discussion with Outstanding project presenters and IRCAI representatives.

CONTACT

International Research Centre in Artificial Intelligence
under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI)

Jožef Stefan Institute
Jamova cesta 39
SI-1000 Ljubljana

info@ircai.org

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