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Boston Global Forum CEO Calls For Using AI To Build Next Generation Democracy At Club De Madrid’s World Leadership Alliance-North American Roundtable

Club de Madrid membership is made up exclusively of former prime ministers and presidents of the world’s democracies

Tuan Anh Nguyen CEO, Boston Global Forum, discusses AI at Club de Madrid meeting with Canada’s Former Prime Minister Jean Chretien and other leaders.

Tuan Nguyen, CEO of the Boston Global Forum, a Boston-based think tank aimed at reducing international conflict, addressed world leaders at the recent Club de Madrid roundtable held recently in San Francisco.

Club de Madrid membership is made up exclusively of former prime ministers and presidents of the world’s democracies. These government leaders and heads of state were taking part in the Next Generation Democracy process whose objective is to trigger debate on ways help today’s democracies meet the expectations and needs of their citizens, preserving their rights and dignity as well as securing a sustainable future for generations to come.

Nguyen, who spearheaded Boston Global Forum’s Artificial Intelligence World Society (AIWS) project briefed the former government and corporate leaders at the event on the developing role and influence artificial intelligence has on society. He called for well-meaning citizens of the world to develop an ethical framework for advancement in and deployment of Artificial Intelligence. He further urged the Club de Madrid delegates, together with leaders of Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple, as well as scholars from Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Berkeley, Cambridge, and Oxford to work toward building the Next Generation Democracy based on AIWS ethical principles.

Regarding the AIWS-Artificial Intelligence Initiative for Humanity, Nguyen explained, “Artificial Intelligence (AI) is changing the world we live in, from work to recreation, from healthcare to education, from governance to social interaction. AI applications are growing in number and usefulness, as the technology works its way into nearly every aspect of our lives.

“With this in mind, we created AIWS as a pioneering initiative of the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation and the Boston Global Forum. Our goal is to foster informed thinking about AI so that it can contribute to the good of society—now and well into the future.” Details on AIWS.

He added, “The unpredictability of the Internet, computer operating systems, networks, and computer applications have often led to cybersecurity failures. AI’s impact on society suggests a need to establish technical standards, institutions, and norms to ensure AI’s safe implementation within an ethical framework.”

Delegates were welcomed by Vaira Vike-Freiberga, president of WLA-Club de Madrid, and president of Latvia from 1999 to 2007, and John Battelle, EIC & CEO, NewCo. Among the member participants were Jean Chretien and Kim Campbell former prime ministers of Canada, Esko Aho, former prime minister of Finland, and Jorge Quiroga, former president of Bolivia.

The AIWS initiative was created by the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation. working in concert with the Boston Global Forum.

Founded in 2012, The Boston Global Forum (BGF) is a not-for-profit think tank based in Boston, Massachusetts. Our mission is to bring together, in an open and accessible public forum, an eclectic and engaging spectrum of esteemed academic leaders, real-world experts, thought leaders, media experts and promising young leaders, who are dedicated to seeking peaceful solutions to the most contentious issues of our times.

As an offshoot of The Boston Global Forum, The Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI) was born in 2015 with the mission of generating ideas, creating solutions, and deploying initiatives to solve global issues, especially focused on Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence.

Environment Minister Visits North America To Turn Tide On Marine Plastic

Thérèse Coffey meets Canadian and American counterparts to discuss marine pollution objectives

Minister Coffey and Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna. Photo Credit: Canadian High Commission

Minister Coffey and Canada’s Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna. Photo Credit: Canadian High Commission

Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey has joined forces with Canada and the USA in the fight against marine plastic.

During a visit to Washington D.C. and Ottawa this week, the Minister met her international counterparts to discuss the UK’s priorities for the marine environment ahead of the G7 Environment meetings to be held later this year.

Like the UK, Canada has already banned microbeads in rinse-off cosmetics, and the Minister met the country’s Environment and Climate Change Minister, Catherine McKenna, and Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, to look at how the two countries can unite in further tackling the threats facing our oceans.

Through its presidency of the G7, which includes a focus on climate change, oceans and clean energy, Canada will be pushing member states to take action to deal with plastic pollution, ocean acidification, and develop the blue economy.

Following her visit, the Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said:

There is no greater asset than our blue planet, and it is only by working together we can address the multitude of threats facing our marine life.

In the UK we have already banned microbeads and cracked down on plastic bags, and in 25 years’ time we will have eliminated all avoidable plastic waste. I look forward to working with my international counterparts to do all we can to protect our oceans for future generations.

Minister McKenna and Minister Coffey also discussed the crucial role industry can play in turning the tide on plastic. And with businesses across the UK pledging to ban straws, cut plastic packaging and roll out water refills, the Minister met Mars and Coca Cola to see first-hand how big producers in the USA are tackling waste.

While in Washington D.C. the Minister also met Judy Garber, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary at the American Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, who was supportive of moving forward work on oceans – especially on improved data and marine mapping.

Minister Coffey also used a meeting with stakeholders from Pew Environmental Trust and the High Seas Alliance as an opportunity to discuss improving biodiversity in the marine environment.

Under Secretary Shannon Participates In G-7 Political Directors Meeting

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. will travel to Vancouver, Canada on February 8-9 to participate in the G-7 Political Directors meeting. Canada holds the G-7 presidency for 2018.

The G-7 annually brings together representatives of the world’s leading industrialized democracies to seek common ground on major global issues, including counterterrorism, non-proliferation, North Korea, and Syria. Under Secretary Shannon’s engagement in Vancouver with his G-7 counterparts will set the stage for a Foreign Ministers’ meeting and Leaders’ Summit later in the year.

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U.S.-Canada High-Level Policy Review Group Meets In Washington, D.C.

U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon and Canadian Assistant Deputy Minister for International Security and Political Affairs Mark Gwozdecky co-chaired the eleventh U.S.-Canada High-Level Policy Review Group on January 19, in Washington, D.C. The Review Group, which last met in Ottawa on June 1, 2017, discussed a broad range of bilateral, regional, and global issues on which the United States and Canada cooperate.

The United States welcomes the opportunity to further enhance cooperation and collaboration through the High-Level Policy Review Group. Such meetings advance the United States’ and Canada’s common objectives around the world. The United States looks forward to further strengthening the relationship between the United States and Canada through global partnership.

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Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson Calls For A United Front On North Korea At Summit In Vancouver

Foreign Secretary has welcomed the resumption of talks between North and South Korea, but urged the international community to maintain its pressure on the North Korean regime through the implementation of strict UN sanctions

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Foreign & Commonwealth Office

Mr Johnson was speaking at a two day gathering in Vancouver jointly hosted by the US and Canada, focusing on security and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

The Foreign Secretary said:

There can be no doubt that the crisis is intensifying, we had 20 tests within the last year, 20 missiles, two of which flew over Japan, and one testing of a nuclear device.

It’s very important and encouraging that the world is not being intimidated or divided by the threat from North Korea and actually we have come together and in Resolution 2397 there was an unprecedented measure of global consensus about what to do and to intensify the political and economic pressure on the regime.

It’s great that conversations are taking place between North Korea and South Korea and great there is an Olympic truce, but I hope people will recognise that the program is continuing in North Korea and that Kim Jong-un continues with his illegal program.

He can continue on the path of provocation and equipping his country with nuclear weapons that will lead to further escalation, further economic pain and hardship of his people or else he has an opportunity to go down a path that will lead to greater wellbeing for his people and a chance to emulate the astonishing achievements of the Republic of Korea (South Korea).

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