Please join the Canadian dialogue as part of the international deliberations. Share your views and help strengthen the draft recommendation, for possible adoption by UNESCO’s General Conference at its 41st session in 2021.


What standards are needed to ensure that the design, development, and deployment of AI support a sustainable and equitable future for people and the planet?

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is preparing a global standard-setting recommendation on the ethics of AI and is seeking multi-stakeholder input to develop a comprehensive, inclusive and pluralistic text. Your participation in this online event will be part of citizen deliberation workshops invited by UNESCO and happening in 25 countries. These deliberations are being led by Mila and Algora Lab (Université de Montréal), and co-hosted in Canada by the Sustainability in the Digital Age initiative.

See UNESCO recommendation for policy action on environment and AI here (paragraph 65)

Policy Action 4: Impact on Culture and on the Environment

65. Member States should work to assess and reduce the environmental impact of AI systems, including but not limited to, its carbon footprint. They should also introduce incentives to advance ethical AIpowered environmental solutions and facilitate their adoption in different contexts. Some examples include using AI to:
  1. Accelerate the protection, monitoring and management of natural resources.
  2. Support the prevention, control and management of climaterelated problems.
  3. Support a more efficient and sustainable food ecosystem.
  4. Accelerate the access to and mass adoption of green energy.

Join us for an online citizen deliberation on UNESCO’s draft recommendation on the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI) and the environment.


Date:  Tuesday July 28, 2020

Time:  1 PM – 3:30 PM (EDT)

Platform:  Videoconference*

* a link will be provided to registered participants


For more information contact: sasha.luccioni [at]