International Agenda of the Forum 2020


«Societal, Legal and Ethical Frameworking of Knowledge Societies (information society)»

Within the framework of the IV International Scientific Forum

«Stepping into the Future: Artificial Intelligence and Digital Economy»

75th anniversary of the United Nations and its specialized agency UNESCO

“Digital Diplomacy: Global Cooperation or New Digital Curtain”

November 27, 2020 Moscow, Digital Business Space

In 2020, marking the 75th anniversary of the UN, the Organization and its specialized agencies are initiating a global discussion on the role of inclusive cooperation in building the future we want. The global debate involves activists from all over the world who initiate discussions in their own countries and beyond, involving representatives of a wide range of populations and age groups.

The UNESCO Chair announces the preparation of an International Session aimed at disseminating the ideas of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to involve qualified experts, scientists, business representatives — communities and youth to discuss and solve urgent issues related to ensuring universal and equal access to education and information and communication technologies, with the achievement of gender equality to adjust possible ethical conflicts of Generation Z at the formation stage of the information society, as well as with the direct influence of digital diplomacy to solve global social, ethical, economic problems.

The international session includes a set of events, which will be attended by Russian and foreign experts, politicians, diplomats, as well as young people (schoolchildren and students) who will discuss the most important phenomena and issues, share different points of view and present their vision of the future.

The Russian Committee on the Artificial Intelligence is a specialized open-ended advisory body purpose of which is to develop and coordinate Russia's approaches to international cooperation in the field of artificial intelligence at the UNESCO. The Committee includes representatives of relevant ministries and departments, famous scientists and specialists in the field of digital and information technologies, heads of leading scientific, educational and commercial structures involved in the development of artificial intelligence technologies and who took part in writing the Russian National Strategy for the Development of Artificial Intelligence for the period up to 2030.

The widespread use of information and communication technologies, new media, social networks, blogs, media platforms in the global network to assist government agencies to carry out functions and communications on issues related to the foreign policy agenda give rise to the phenomenon of “digital diplomacy”. The virtual statements of leading politicians and significant media personalities, their tweets, instagram posts can decisively influence not only the worldview of individual social groups, political elites, and the basic electorate, but also provoke local and global conflicts and upheavals.

The digital economy and diplomacy can act as a new mutually complementary format, which overcomes aging contradictions, as a type of partnership and cooperation between countries. Combining competitive advantages in the field of information and communication technologies in order to achieve a common goal will help to build Eurasia that can open a new path for the development of the region and the world as a well.

UNIDO aims to improve the quality of life of the world by using its combined global resources. The United Nations Youth Agenda, as well as the UN Women programme, are based on the World Programme of Action, which covers fifteen priority action areas and contains proposals for action in each of these areas.