Moroccan Fatima Roumate Joins UNESCO Artificial Intelligence Experts Group

Moroccan Fatima Roumate Joins UNESCO Artificial Intelligence Experts Group

Moroccan university professor Fatima Roumate has been appointed by UNESCO member of the international experts group to draft global recommendations on the ethics of artificial intelligence.

The 24-member international experts group is composed of the world’s leading experts on social, economic and cultural challenges of artificial intelligence. They are tasked with elaborating internationally applicable recommendations on ethical issues raised by the development and use of AI.


The international expert group, which is composed of women and men from diverse cultural backgrounds and all geographical regions, includes leading scientists and professionals with extensive knowledge of the technological and ethical aspects of AI.

During their first meeting, scheduled for April 20-24, the experts will start looking into the complex ethical choices and challenges emerging with the use of AI.

“It is our responsibility to lead a universal enlightened debate in order to enter this new era with our eyes wide open, without sacrificing our values, and establish a common global foundation of ethical principles for artificial intelligence,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

The recommendations of the experts group will be sent to various stakeholders at the national, sub-regional and regional levels for their comments this spring and summer. The conclusions will then be submitted to UNESCO’s member countries for adoption at the next General Conference.

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