Towards effective AI capacity development for diplomats and policymakers (WebDebate #58)

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Tuesday, 4 April 2023

The use of AI tools in everyday life and diplomatic practice is becoming more and more prominent. We need in-depth explorations on the possible applications of these tools and the associated challenges and opportunities. We also need focused discussions on how best to prepare diplomats and policymakers for the far-reaching changes that lie ahead. While our previous two WebDebates focused on AI tools, this debate focuses on capacity development for diplomats and policymakers.

We will disucuss: What does effective training and capacity development in AI for diplomats and policymakers look like?

Tuesday, 4th April, 09:00 EDT (13:00 UTC | 15:00 CET | 18:30 IST)

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The need for training and capacity development in AI for diplomats and policymakers has been recognised. There are a number of programmes that support policymakers and diplomats to be better able to address AI’s challenges and opportunities. There are also a number of broader reflections on capacity needs and capacity development. For example, the Broadband Commission, ITU, and UNESCO have published the report Artificial Intelligence and Digital Transformation Competencies for Civil Servants and UNESCO published the Artificial intelligence needs assessment survey in Africa.

Together with diplomats, scholars, and capacity development practitioners, we explore the following questions:

  • What are the capacity development needs of diplomats and policymakers?
  • What are examples of effective capacity development in the area of AI?
  • What lessons learned can be identified and how can these lessons be implemented in new and existing programmes?

About our WebDebates

Our WebDebates on the future of diplomacy are live-streamed on the first Tuesday of every month. They are organised by Diplo within the framework of the International Forum on Diplomatic Training (IFDT). Learn more about our WebDebates series.

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