Saudi Arabia selected to join UN Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence
New York, October 27, 2023, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres made an important announcement, revealing that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been chosen to join the UN Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence (AI). This advisory body is comprised of 39 members representing governments, private and civil-society organizations, and the academic community from diverse countries worldwide.
Dr. Latifa bint Mohammad Al-Abdulkareem, a member of the Shura Council, has been designated to represent the Kingdom within this significant UN AI Advisory Body.
During a press conference held at the UN headquarters in New York City, the secretary-general emphasized the diverse composition of the High-Level Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence, with members hailing from various backgrounds, encompassing gender, geography, and age, thereby bringing a broad spectrum of perspectives to their vital role.
Notably, the Kingdom played a pivotal role by hosting a consultative meeting during the Global Artificial Intelligence Summit organized by the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) in 2022. This meeting served as a platform for discussions on the establishment of the UN Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence.
The initiative to create this advisory body was introduced in 2020 as part of the UN secretary-general's digital cooperation roadmap. Its primary objectives include conducting comprehensive analysis and delivering recommendations on the international governance of AI.