Statement by Mr. Md. Monwar Hossain, Deputy Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the UN at the thematic deep dive on the theme of “Artificial Intelligence and other emerging technologies” under the Global Digital Compact, CR-1, 25 May 2023

Distinguished Co- facilitators,

My delegation joins others in thanking you for convening this meeting. We also thank the briefers for sharing their important insights.

We align ourselves with the statement made by Cuba on behalf of G-77 and China.

As we stand at the watershed moment of technological revolutions driven by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies, we recognize their unprecedented potential to shape a sustainable future. However, it is incumbent upon us to acknowledge that while AI holds immense promises, it also presents profound risks to society and humanity.

It is important to recognize that AI, as a tool, does not inherently possess value; rather, it is our conscious decisions and actions in its implementation that shape its ultimate impact and significance.


Distinguished Co- facilitators,

In response to your guiding questions, let me highlight the following points which we deem critical for AI and emerging technology:

First, we must acknowledge the transformative capabilities that AI holds and embrace the opportunities it presents to tackle current and future global challenges. However, we must navigate this transformative journey with extreme caution and efficiency.

Therefore, Comprehensive frameworks are needed for responsible and effective use of AI and emerging technologies, involving governments, industry, regulatory bodies, academia, and civil society. These frameworks should include technical standards, ethics, accountability, and data governance to ensure beneficial and aligned application of AI.


Second, Bangladesh recognizes the critical role of collaboration between regulators, innovators and relevant stakeholders of potential big markets to promote the development and deployment of emerging technologies while safeguarding human and planetary safety, human agency, and fundamental rights.

By striking a delicate balance between technological progress and protection, such collaboration can shape a future where AI and emerging technologies will interact for our benefits.


Third, we propose to establish a global, non-profit International Agency for AI with guidance and buy-in from governments, large technology companies, non-profits, academia and society at large.

This International Agency for AI can bring together stakeholders to address AI related governance challenges. Through inclusive discussions, we develop responsible frameworks, policies, and guidelines for AI development and oversight.


Fourth, it is imperative that AI and other emerging technologies contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. Bangladesh emphasizes the importance of leveraging these technologies through targeted measures to address societal challenges in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, education, and environmental conservation.

Finally, we reaffirm our unwavering commitment to the responsible and ethical use of AI and other emerging technologies in advancing sustainable development.

I thank you.