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Today, Germany and 14 other international partners established the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) – a global initiative for a responsible and human-centred development and use of artificial intelligence.

Said Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier: “Artificial intelligence can help resolve many global problems including pandemics and climate change. This is why the GPAI brings together experts from all over the world to draw up possible solutions and get involved in the debate on further AI development. Germany can make an important contribution to this as it is home to research, innovation, and an industrial sector. The objective is to work together on AI at a global level to ensure that innovation can unfold for the benefit of all people.”

Said Hubertus Heil, Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs: “The digital transformation is a global challenge. It is therefore important to work together internationally and develop a shared understanding of the changes artificial intelligence is bringing. We are advocating a resposible and human-centred use of AI. The GPAI will help us gain a better understanding about these changes and venture onto this path together with our international partners.”

The GPAI has its root in a G7 initiative launched by Canada and France. In addition to the G7 (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States), Australia, India, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, and the European Commission [1] are also founding members of this global partnership. The GPAI is the world’s first multilateral multistakeholder forum that has a permanent focus on artificial intelligence and wants to foster international cooperation in this field.

The GPAI will bring together experts from all over the world and from research, the political arena, business, and civil society. Together, they will monitor developments in AI and draft independent recommendations to political decision-makers. The GPAI is tasked with supporting and guiding a responsible use of AI to ensure that it is in line with human rights, basic freedoms, inclusion, diversity, innovation, economic growth, and the common good, and that will help us reach the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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[1] The formal accession process is ongoing.