Cepei participated in a virtual event on artificial intelligence led by ECLAC.

Feb 2, 2024

About the Event

Artificial intelligence (AI) offers great opportunities but can also significantly compromise security and decision-making capabilities, especially those covenanted in the 2030 Agenda.

The regional overview shows that more data is needed to measure 25% of the established targets in Latin America and the Caribbean. Quality data to accelerate progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is needed; non-traditional data sources can contribute to this purpose.

On January 29, Cepei participated in the virtual event on artificial intelligence for national statistics offices -led by ECLAC– and together with colleagues from the Data for Development Network (D4D), ILDA, Derechos Digitales, Caribbean Open Institute y el Instituto Simon for Longterm Governance shared experiences on the use of artificial intelligence in the region to build public policies that benefit the progress of sustainable development.

The governance of artificial intelligence 

Six years away from the 2030 Agenda, it is time to harness the power of data, focusing efforts on the most urgent challenges: managing technologies such as artificial intelligence to improve statistical information in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Juan Carlos Lara, co-executive director of Derechos Digitales, mentioned that “technology must be harnessed for the achievement of public objectives since by generating better information, it is possible to change the course of how the public function is developed.” The use of artificial intelligence must be safe and inclusive. According to the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, the “Global Digital Compact” aims to create a participatory digital environment that contributes to closing digital gaps through the use of technology.

This year, the region will play an important role in global development scenarios, influencing decision-making to accelerate the SDGs. “Trinidad and Tobago, for example, holds the presidency of the UN General Assembly, Chile the presidency of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), while Brazil will hold the presidency of the G-20 and Colombia will host the fifth World Data Forum,” said Philipp Schönrock, executive director of Cepei.

Principles of AI governance

Cepei shares four principles of AI governance for sustainable development:

1.  AI must be guided inclusively by and for the benefit of all.

2.  Its governance must go hand in hand with data governance and the promotion of data commons.

3.  It must be universal and adaptive and based on multi-stakeholder collaboration.

4.  It must align with international human rights law and other agreed commitments such as the SDGs.


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