UNIDO and UNU Host AIM Global Side Event at UNU AI Conference on AI for Sustainable Development in Industry and Manufacturing

Macau, China – April 25, 2024 – Today, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations University (UNU) successfully hosted the AIM Global side event as part of the larger UNU AI Conference. Held in Macau, China, this special session was focused on “AI for Sustainable Development Goals in Industry and Manufacturing,” and was sponsored by Huawei.

AIM Global, the Global Alliance on Artificial Intelligence for Industry and Manufacturing, is a multi-stakeholder platform that brings together the private sector, academia, government, and civil society to catalyze the integration of AI for sustainable industrial development.

This event gathered global thought leaders, industry experts, and academics to discuss the role of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in advancing sustainable industrial and manufacturing practices. “Artificial has the potential to revolutionize manufacturing processes by increasing productivity and innovation in the industrial sector, as well as optimizing resource use and reducing emissions. But we must make sure that we leave no one behind, that benefits of AI are available for all.” stated Mr. Gerd Müller, Director General of UNIDO.

Keynote speakers included Mr. Tshilidzi Marwala, Rector of UNU, who emphasized the importance of global cooperation in harnessing AI to tackle the world’s most pressing challenges. “The collaboration between academia, international organizations, and the industry is crucial for utilizing AI to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals,” Marwala noted.

”We are actively exploring various applications of industrial-level AI technology in the field of smart manufacturing. We are committed to enhancing production efficiency and driving industry progress through technological innovation, bringing about continuous transformation and development for the entire manufacturing sector”, said Mr. GENG Yanhui, Director of Hong Kong Research Center, Huawei.

The discussions covered a range of topics, including the implementation of AI technologies to enhance efficiency, the ethical considerations of AI deployment, and the importance of inclusive access to these technologies to prevent a widening digital divide.

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