International organisations

United Nations

The UN has many pages dealing with AI issues and the Centre for Policy Research and the UN University have also developed proposals for the proper use of AI. The UN supports the Internet Governance Forum. A paper concerning the role of this forum is here. The UN University also discusses AI & Global Governance.


The OECD’s 36 member countries, along with Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Romania, agreed the OECD Principles on Artificial Intelligence on the 22 May 2019. These are based on the work of an expert group formed by more than 50 members from governments, academia, business, civil society, international bodies, the tech community and trade unions.

The AI Principles have the backing of the European Commission, whose high-level expert group has produced Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI, It is proposed that the OECD’s digital policy experts will build on the Principles in the months ahead to produce practical guidance for implementing them.

While not legally binding, existing OECD Principles in other policy areas have proved highly influential in setting international standards and helping governments to design national legislation.


The G20 adopted a ministerial statement on AI at its meeting in Japan on the 8 and 9 June 2019. The statement covered a range of issues but the key provision dealing with AI (which adopted the OECD Principles on Artificial Intelligence).


Charlevoix Common Vision for the Future of Artificial Intelligence‘, 9 June 2018

G7 Innovation Ministers’ Statement on Artificial Intelligence’, 28 March 2018