Frontier Technologies for accelerating Sustainable Development

Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain – Opportunity or barrier to Development? The conference aims at bringing Member States’ representatives and the United Nations together with top researchers, experts, practitioners, the private sector, civil society and other key actors to discuss the opportunities provided by Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain for sustainable development as well the challenges they might present to the implementation of the Agenda 2030. The event will provide the multiple stakeholders with a platform for exchange of best practices and experiences, to create new formal and informal networks for innovative forms of collaboration, and to generate concrete recommendations, including public policies. The Conference programme is as follows: 9:30-10:30 – Opening segment Keynote and welcome remarks from H.E Ambassador Jarmo Sareva, Innovation Ambassador, Finland Ministry of Foreign Affairs Welcome remarks by Mr. Atul Khare, UN Under Secretary-General for Operational Support Welcome remarks by Mrs. Shanelle Hall, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director 10:45 to 12:15pm – Panel discussion “Artificial Intelligence: Robots for Development? Keynote: Mrs. Atefeh Riazi – UN Assistant Secretary-General and Chief Information and Communication Technology Officer Moderator: Salem Avan, Director Policy Strategy and Compliance Division, UN- OICT Ingo Finck, Vice President, AI and Data Science Expert – Capgemini Invent H.H Sheikh Fahim Al Qasimi – Chairman of the Department of Government Relations – Sharjah, UAE John Paul Farmer – Director of Technology & Civic Innovation – Microsoft Josh Reynolds – Chief Executive Officer – Reaktor 2:00 to 3:30pm – panel discussion “Blockchain – buzz word or saviour from development obstacles? Moderator: Parham Vasaiely – Head of autonomous vehicle – Land-Rover Jaguar Hossam Osman – Innovation advisor to the minister, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, Egypt Afiq Johar – Chief Fintech Officer – Astana International Financial Centre, Kazakhstan Christina Rose Lomazzo, Blockchain lead – Unicef Honourable Shiva Shankar – ICT Secretary – State of Kerala – India 3:45 to 5:15 pm – panel discussion “New technologies = opportunities – What about the risks and threats?” Nima Elmi – Head of Government Affairs, Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum Christine Ortiz Professor & Former Dean – Massachusetts Institute of Technology Gilles Feith – Head of Cabinet to the minister of Defence – Luxembourg Jaakko Kurhila – Chief Digitalisation Officer – University of Helsinki 5:15 to 5:30 pm: Closing remarks by Mrs. Atefeh Riazi – Assistant Secretary-General and Chief Information and Technology Officer

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