All the Member states of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted on Thursday a historic agreement that defines the common values and principles needed to ensure the healthy development of AI.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has named Canadian Elia Armstrong as the new head of its Ethics Office, it was announced today.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and top officials from the funds and programmes of the United Nations system have agreed on the need for a system-wide approach on ethics and for the disclosure of information, as part of a process to render the entire system more effective and coherent in its business practices.
The new United Nations ethics office will not merely police staff compliance with rules of conduct, but will, more importantly, educate them on their obligations, helping to create an ethical environment in order to maximize effectiveness and minimize the risk of conflicts of interest, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s special adviser on the issue said today.
Medical ethics in the era of genetic engineering dominate the agenda of a three-day meeting of a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) panel which opened in Paris today.