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International: France and China issue joint declaration on AI

On May 6, 2024, the Presidency of the Republic of France published a joint declaration between the French Republic and the People's Republic of China on artificial intelligence (AI).

In particular, the joint declaration outlined the following:

  • agreement on the importance of fostering the development and security of AI and promoting appropriate international governance;
  • recognition of the impact of the rapid development of AI, as well as the potential and actual risks associated with this technology, and commitment to taking effective measures to address them;
  • undertaking exchanges on the modalities of international AI governance, including flexibility and necessary protection of personal data and the rights of users mobilizing AI or whose productions are mobilized by it;
  • commitment to promoting safe, secure, and reliable AI systems following the principle of AI for the common good and to exploiting the potential of AI and mitigating its risks through a global and inclusive dialogue, including strengthening international cooperation and interoperability between AI governance frameworks and initiatives, building on work carried out by United Nations (UN) - for example, within the high-level advisory body on AI of the UN Secretary-General or on the UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence;
  • recognition of international cooperation in a context of rapid technological development to guarantee international security and stability, sovereignty, and respect for fundamental rights;
  • readiness of China to participate in the Summit on AI organized by France in 2025 and its preparatory work, as well as the possibility for France to participate in the Global AI Conference and the High-Level Meeting on Global AI Governance in China in 2024;
  • agreement on the strengthening of the cyber capacities of countries, particularly developing countries, to face all types of cyber threats including those linked to AI;
  • support for increased international cooperation to bridge the digital divide and strengthen developing countries' AI capabilities, in particular regarding sustainable development, climate and biodiversity protection, agricultural production, education, and health;
  • agreement that AI must provide inclusive access for all, offering accessible content that is visible and discoverable online and respecting multilingualism and cultural diversity, including within multilateral forums; and
  • reflection on the impact of AI on the future of work, including possible technological disruption and protection against risks for employment and workers.

You can read the press release, only available in French, here.