The International AI Summit 2023
8 November 2023 Brussels
Vice-President, European Commission
First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Economy and Digitalization, Federal Government of Spain
Amandeep Singh Gill
Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology & Under Secretary General, UN
Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ireland
Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information, Administrator, NTIA
Member, European Parliament
Job titles correct at the time of the event
The governance of AI has emerged as one of the most pressing questions of our time. This conference, presented by Forum Europe and Euronews and curated by Cameron Kerry and Joshua Meltzer of The Brookings Institution and Andrea Renda of the Centre for European Policy Studies, founders of the Forum for Cooperation on Artificial Intelligence, sought to address many of the questions around global regulatory cooperation, and what this would mean in practice.
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As the development of artificial intelligence (AI) continues to build at speed, and in the wake of the rapid advances in generative AI, governments are racing to adopt national policies and develop global regulatory cooperation. While jurisdictions will necessarily develop differing approaches at varying speeds, international regulatory cohesion can lead to improved outcomes, particularly where there is close cooperation between policymakers, industry, civil society, and other stakeholders.
Several initiatives promoting international cooperation are underway: the OECD has been active for some time; the G7, G20, and United Nations have all adopted broad principles and new initiatives, such as the G7’s recent ‘Hiroshima AI process’ to regulate generative AI, have been launched. Cooperation between like-minded partners is also ramping up in various bilateral and multilateral forums, with the EU and the US notably working on voluntary codes of conduct and other mechanisms designed to avoid divergence and foster responsible, human-centric AI. Meanwhile, the EU is finalising the first comprehensive regulatory scheme for AI. The extent to which major players who are also looking at regulating the technology but do not share similar political and social values and see AI as an instrument of geopolitical competition will be included in these discussions will shape the scope and potential for global AI governance.
What we did:
- Research and programme production
- Identification and invitations of speakers, as well as regular contact with those confirmed to organise the content and format of their contribution
- Sponsor recruitment and management
- Venue research, liaison and management on site
- Marketing campaign; raising awareness for the event through mailings, personal invitations and social media posts and translating these activities into registrations
- Website and registration platform design and maintenance
- Registrations and delegate management
- Full AV set up and fulfilment, stage design and collaboration with suppliers
- Onsite presence at the event to coordinate all final technical and choreographic arrangements, catering organisation, welcome of speakers and assistance to delegates.
- Onsite marketing including posting on social media and creating content such as an event day vlog and speaker interviews.
“Event was filled with terrific conversations, new ideas, and distinctly open and meaningful dialogue.”
Anu Bradford, Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization, Columbia Law School
“Standards are a crucial tool for implementing EU laws and making the single market work. It was a pleasure to discuss with other panelists at the AI Summit the challenges of standardisation in the field of AI, and the need for an inclusive and bottom-up approach so that small businesses’ and societal stakeholders’ voices are heard in the process.”
Maive Rute, Deputy Director-General and Chief Standardisation Officer, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), European Commission
“Once again, the Forum Europe team identified the key challenges around an issue and built a set of speakers that would challenge and educate the attendees. They were accessible during the entire process and promptly addressed our requests. Overall, the speaker preparation was well-coordinated, and the event day ran seamlessly.”
Matthew McDermott, Director of Growth, Access Partnership
“Having taken place days after the UK’s AI Safety Summit and the publication of US President Joe Biden’s Executive Order on AI, the event provided a terrific opportunity to discuss some of the most pressing questions in global AI governance among an excellent group. It was a pleasure to be part of it.”
Rebecca Arcesati, Lead Analyst, The Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)
“We very much appreciated working with Forum Europe on this conference and sponsoring it. Everything went smoothly, not only to set up the underlying agreements but also the preparation for the speakers , which was excellent. The conference itself ran smoothly, it was a great event which seemed to resonate widely with a highly engaged audience.”
Corinna Schulze, Director, EU Government Affairs, SAP
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