About the Forum

International AI Cooperation and Governance Forum 2021

Theme: To Build a Balanced and Inclusive AI Governance System

Date: December 4th - 5th, 2021

Location: Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Form: Online + Offline

Language: English

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

International Supporting Partner: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Other Partners:

Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence, Technical University of Munich

Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge

Center for Humanitarian Dialogue;

Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences

The Chinese Institute of New Generation Artificial Intelligence Development Strategies

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

China Institute for Science and Technology Policy, Tsinghua University

Center for Science & Technology Development and Governance, Tsinghua University

Institute for Sustainable Development Goals, Tsinghua University

Center for Industrial Development and Environmental Governance, Tsinghua University

SPARK UNDP SDG Innovation Lab | Chengdu

National Communication Center for Science and Technology, CAST

Background and Objective

It has been an unprecedented year.

Once-in-a-thousand-year floods, massive wildfires and soaring temperatures have made the climate crisis inescapable. The Covid-19 pandemic has killed millions globally, brought untold economic shocks and still threatens our return to normality. Progress on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals has reversed, millions have slid back into poverty and the world’s capacity to respond is stretched. However, amidst these crises, technology continues to advance. Artificial Intelligence in particular is emerging as a key tool to address these challenges, offering new solutions that can help build a better, greener future.

Yet while these technologies are implemented across the globe, there is a need to ensure that these technologies do not exacerbate inequalities. Issues concerning data privacy, the digital divide between countries and the potential for algorithmic biases to widen gaps will need to be addressed and managed so that AI applications can benefit everyone, everywhere. International cooperation is essential to build consensus on common approaches to AI governance that is ethical and fair and balances sector needs with the responsibility to protect people and planet.

Following last year’s inaugural International AI Cooperation and Governance Forum, this second occurrence will advance the conversation around the equitable use of AI. The forum will look at how AI is successfully being used to fight present challenges, what more can be done to cooperate on and tackle these issues, and future developments in the sector.


About Us

About Institute for AI International Governance of Tsinghua University: The Institute for AI International Governance of Tsinghua University (I-AIIG)) is a university-level research institute approved by Tsinghua University in April 2020. Leveraging Tsinghua 's existing resources and interdisciplinary advantages in AI and international governance, I-AIIG conducts research on major theoretical issues and policy needs of AI international governance, aims to enhance Tsinghua University's global academic influence and policy leadership in this field, and provides intellectual support for China's active participation in AI international governance.

About United Nations Development Programme: UNDP is the largest development agency of the United Nations working in around 170 countries and territories and the world to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.