UN makes history with first resolution on artificial intelligence.


  • The UN General Assembly has unanimously adopted the first global resolution on artificial intelligence
  • The resolution calls for international guidelines to address the risks and benefits of AI, including the protection of personal data, monitoring for risks, and safeguarding human rights

The United Nations General Assembly has unanimously adopted the first global resolution on artificial intelligence, sponsored by the United States and co-sponsored by 123 countries. The resolution aims to encourage the protection of personal data, the monitoring of AI for risks, and the safeguarding of human rights. It was adopted by consensus with the support of all 193 UN member nations. US Vice President Kamala Harris stated that the resolution establishes a path forward on AI where every country can both seize the promise and manage the risks of AI.

The resolution addresses concerns about the improper or malicious design, development, deployment, and use of artificial intelligence systems, which could pose risks that undercut the protection, promotion, and enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms. In November, the US, United Kingdom, and other countries unveiled the first detailed international agreement on keeping AI safe from rogue actors, advocating for AI systems to be “secure by design.”

Europe is ahead of the US in AI regulation, with the European Union adopting a provisional agreement to oversee the technology. The US administration has been pressing for AI regulation, issuing a new executive order in October to reduce AI risks to consumers, workers, and minority groups while bolstering national security. The resolution is part of ongoing efforts by governments worldwide to shape AI’s development and address concerns about its potential misuse.