About the Forum

International AI Cooperation and Governance Forum 2022

Theme: AI Governance and International Cooperation for a Resilient Future

Date: December 9th - 10th, 2022

Form: Online

Host: Tsinghua University

Organizer: Institute for AI International Governance of Tsinghua University (I-AIIG)

Supporting Partners:

United Nations Development Programme

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UN Women

International Labour Organization

Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, Technical University of Munich

Center for Humanitarian Dialogue;

International Research Center for AI Ethics and Governance, Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

The Chinese Institute of New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Strategies

China Academy of Industrial Internet

Institute of Artificial Intelligence, Tsinghua University

Institute for AI Industry Research, Tsinghua University

Center for International Security and Strategy, Tsinghua University

Center for AI Governance (Beijing)

China Institute for Science and Technology Policy, Tsinghua University

Center for Science & Technology Development and Governance, Tsinghua University

Tsinghua University Latin America Center

Tsinghua Southeast Asia Center

SPARK UNDP SDG Innovation Lab | Chengdu

National Communication Center for Science and Technology, CAST

Background and Objective

In recent years, artificial intelligence (AI) represented by super large-scale pre-training model grows by leaps and bounds with more resources of data and computing power, injecting intelligent impetus to research in life science, mathematics, space science among other fields. Meanwhile, expanded application scenarios also nourish the development of AI, driving traditional industries to go intelligent. In particular, against the urgent needs for global economic recovery in the post-pandemic era, AI plays a more prominent role in empowering scientific research and innovation and industrial development, and underpins improvement of capacity of risk prediction, crisis response and recovery, adding to the resilience of the social and economic development.

However, as AI technologies are more deeply embedded in economic and social life, transforming our means of production and lifestyle, it also elicits more prominent challenges in security, privacy and equity. Over the past year, governments, international organizations and industrial communities have rolled out a series of norms and regulations, policies and standards of AI governance, making AI governance one of the most important agendas in global governance.

At the just-concluded 17th G20 Leaders’ Summit, China’s President Xi Jinping proposed an initiative aimed at making global development more resilient. The Global Development Initiative that China proposed is an innovation-driven approach. The historic opportunity of recent revolutions in science and technology, and industrial changes should be seized to accelerate the transformation of these technological achievements to productivity. It is important to foster an open, fair, just, and non-discriminatory environment for science and technology development. At the same time, cultivate new momentum for economic growth to pursue leapfrog development together.

China has recently formally submitted its Position Paper on Strengthening Ethical Governance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to a meeting of the States Parties to the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. Based on the implementation of the policies on technology ethics in China and useful international experience, the Paper highlighted the priority of ethics in AI governance, and proposed systematic recommendations for strengthening the ethical governance of AI, with emphasis on promoting the establishment of an international framework and standards for AI governance based on broad consensus through international exchange and collaboration.

In this context, the International AI Cooperation and Governance Forum 2022 will be convened under the theme of “AI Governance and International Cooperation for a Resilient Future”. Focusing on regulation, R&D, utilization and international cooperation of AI, it explores the establishment of a governance system appropriate for the sound development of AI; development of governance technologies and tools to guarantee responsible use of AI; and the best practices in AI governance of the political, industrial, academic and research communities in different countries and regions. The forum aims to promote AI to provide new momentum for and unleash potential of scientific innovation and industrial development, so as to make global growth more inclusive, resilient and sustainable for the common well-being of humanity, and for a community with a shared future for mankind.