The promise of AI is vast, and UNIDO recognizes its pivotal role in shaping a world where adopting frontier technologies is not only about competitive pressure but collaboration, innovation, and above all, shared progress. These cutting-edge technologies are playing a crucial role in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with a particular focus on Goal 9, which emphasizes infrastructure, innovation, and sustainable industrialization.
In the rapidly evolving digital age, new technologies like AI, machine learning (ML), and intelligent automation are not just reshaping industries, they are redrawing the global map. Without careful consideration and strategic approach, these advancements could widen the chasm between rich and poor nations, funnelling investment into already advanced economies and leaving emerging ones behind. It is conceivable to redirect the current trajectory of technological advancement to serve a more inclusive purpose. Rather than allowing new technologies to create divisions, there exists a potential to harness them as a unifying force.
By adopting international partnerships and cohesive global strategies, the deployment of technologies such as AI could be guided to bridge gaps rather than widen them. This perspective aligns with the universal principles of collaboration and shared progress of UNIDO and presents a constructive pathway to ensure that technological innovation benefits all nations equally.
UNIDO launched the Global Alliance on Artificial Intelligence for Industry and Manufacturing (AIM Global) as a strategic move to broaden the spectrum of international partnerships maximizing their impact on inclusive and sustainable industrial development. The Alliance prioritizes enhancing efficiency, relevance, and effectiveness by implementing digital transformation and AI projects within the Organization’s Member States with the ultimate goal to promote “progress by innovation” globally by harnessing the potential of frontier technologies.
AIM Global is driven by the objective of fostering collaboration among stakeholders from government, industry, the private sector, academia and civil society, for the development and deployment of AI technologies. Its focus lies in enhancing industrial competitiveness, advancing sustainable development, and ensuring fair access to the benefits of AI for all. This unified strategy aims to harness AI’s positive impact on global economies and societies, in line with a broader vision of responsible and equitable dissemination of such technologies.
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