Digital Cooperation Organization Adopts Riyadh Declaration on AI at Global AI Summit

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia – Following a ministerial roundtable at the Global AI Summit, Member States of the Digital Cooperation Organization (DCO) agreed to adopt the Riyadh Call to Action Statement on AI. ‘AI (RAICA), which aims to use AI technology for the benefit of people, communities, nations and the world as a whole.

The declaration was signed by all members of the DCO, including Bahrain, Cyprus, Djibouti, Kuwait, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Jordan, Rwanda and Saudi Arabia.

The Call to Action aims to advance the DCO’s commitment to identifying and addressing current, emerging and future humanitarian issues in the field of AI. The statement highlights the different ways AI can be used as a tool to benefit the lives of millions of people around the world by improving the quality of work, developing better-designed public policies and driving efficiency. of the ecosystem.

Deemah Al Yahya, Secretary General of DCO, said: “DCO was established with the aim of establishing an inclusive digital economy through collaboration between various entities at all levels. The RAICA declaration is this idea put into practice. By signing this declaration, all DCO Member States reaffirm their common desire to usher in a better future for all by harnessing the enormous potential of AI to improve the lives of people around the world.

The declaration highlights seven key pillars that will help realize this future. Each is comprised of principles that seek to address methods to ensure that the benefits of AI benefit all without harming anyone.

  • Bridging the digital divide between AI and people of different gender, race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status by increasing expertise, technical knowledge, and broader public understanding of AI. Develop and use solutions that meet the needs of marginalized communities and help countries fund and implement advanced digital infrastructure.
  • Empower disadvantaged communities with the goal of ending poverty and hunger through economic growth, leverage AI to usher in the next agricultural revolution and improve access to education and healthcare for all.
  • Promote digital development through innovative AI solutions to build sustainable cities, improve infrastructure through connectivity and availability of technological devices. Financially support national AI start-ups and implement digital retraining and capacity building for individuals.
  • Ensuring equity and non-discrimination via safeguards that prevent AI algorithms from discriminating against communities based on race, ethnicity, culture, religion, etc., while ensuring that the use of AI technology respects legal guidelines.
  • Driving innovation in AI by encouraging individuals, organizations and nations to focus on innovation in harnessing AI for the benefit of humanity and providing the tools to achieve this goal.
  • Fighting climate change using AI to strengthen environmental conservation measures, advance the green energy industry and ensure access to clean water while increasing energy efficiency and reducing waste.
  • Engage in international collaboration and cooperation in AI by developing shared global standards and regulations for the ethical use of AI, collaborating on AI-related research, and working with stakeholders to implement the goals of the declaration.

DCO has developed a series of action areas to help implement these pillars. To achieve this, member countries will strive to provide all individuals with the resources they need to acquire AI literacy; work with organizations to identify how to use AI to advance human rights; improve digital infrastructure; adopt comprehensive ethical guidelines for AI; developing AI-supported initiatives to address global challenges; using AI to reduce human impact on the climate; and establish multilateral collaboration to accelerate AI accessibility between nations.

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Aubrey L. Morgan