SECRETARY BLINKING: Thank you all. Thank you very much and good morning again. Thank you very much.

So I want to thank President Yoon and Foreign Minister Cho once again for bringing us together to discuss what is one of the most transformative forces shaping our future, our world, our democracies – and that is artificial intelligence.

I think it’s hard to overstate the magnitude of the decisions we’re making as governments, as communities, as people, as businesses in the coming months and years – it’s hard to overstate the impact they’ll have for many years and many years Years will still have decades when it comes to AI. We have a strong interest in ensuring that democracies can lead the world in AI innovation – so that we can, in turn, be the world leaders in setting the norms, standards and rules for the use of artificial intelligence. This is the most effective and necessary way to ensure we harness the extraordinary possibilities of technology but also protect people from harm. And you just heard Gabriela allude to some of this.

We can see and feel the enormous enthusiasm for AI around the world, and nowhere more so than in the countries with large global majorities. There is a feeling that this is a tool, a means to really accelerate progress. And we’re already seeing some of that.

For example, Kenya has deployed a new AI-powered bot that allows women and girls to access comprehensive and accurate reproductive health information.

Chile has developed “Creamos,” an AI-powered tool that encourages young people to contribute their ideas to drive social change and promote sustainable development.

In Ukraine, an anti-corruption organization and technology companies have joined forces to develop an AI-powered system to accurately document attacks on cultural heritage and civilian infrastructure, strengthening war crimes prosecutions in Ukraine.

We also know that AI has enormous power to drive development that directly improves people’s lives – and in doing so, win the trust of our people, people around the world, in our democratic model.

But here’s the reality. Right now, the world is on track to achieve just 12 percent – ​​just 12 percent – ​​of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. So we are way behind. But AI could accelerate progress on 80 percent of the goals — from improving agricultural productivity to fighting hunger, detecting and preventing disease outbreaks, and accelerating our transition to clean energy that creates jobs while protecting our planet.

And as I travel around the world, I always hear at least optimism about the potential of AI. Democracies are able to capitalize on this optimism.

But AI is also a critical area where democracy is being questioned.

So while we seek to harness the power of AI and other digital technologies for good, some governments are abusing those same technologies to achieve the exact opposite.

They use AI tools like facial recognition and bots to monitor their own citizens. Harass journalists, human rights defenders and political dissidents. Spread misinformation and disinformation that undermines free and fair elections or pits one part of our society against another.

Our democracies are hardly immune to the harms caused by the misuse and failure of AI, including the impact of the choices technology companies make in implementing their innovations – such as our citizens’ failures due to the failure of AI-powered search Less access to diverse media sources is driving discrimination and bias that disproportionately affects racial and ethnic minorities.

The United States is committed to shaping the conditions of our technological future in a way that is inclusive, respects rights, and upholds democratic values ​​and institutions. We have made historic investments in our technological capabilities and those of our democratic partners.

At the same time, we combine these investments with efforts to take a leadership role in the governance of artificial intelligence. This includes an executive order to strengthen AI security, privacy protection, and justice and civil rights while promoting innovation. We also established an AI risk management framework, a draft AI Bill of Rights, a new AI Security Institute, voluntary commitments from 15 leading technology companies, and an international code of conduct for organizations developing advanced AI systems.

We are building broad and inclusive support to maintain secure and trustworthy AI. Just this week, the United Nations will adopt the first stand-alone resolution on AI – with the aim of ensuring that AI is used to drive sustainable development and actually lead to progress in people’s lives. This resolution is being promoted by the United States; It is now co-sponsored by more than 75 countries. And for those who have not yet joined, we warmly invite you to do so.

This unity reflects a strong global consensus in support of two equally important goals: that AI is safe and trustworthy, and that its benefits actually benefit everyone. We must support governance and capacity building that reduces the digital divide.

AI is just one component of our broader democratic approach to technology.

We oppose government surveillance and the misuse of spyware.

Last year, President Biden issued an executive order banning the use of commercial spyware by the United States government if the use poses a security risk to our country – or if it could lead to abuse by a foreign actor, including the commission of human rights violations or to suppress civil rights.

Six countries have just signed our Joint Declaration on the Distribution and Abuse of Commercial Spyware. They join a 17-member coalition working together to ensure that spyware is used in a manner consistent with respect for universal human rights and fundamental freedoms.

We defend human rights defenders online. Today we’re releasing the first-of-its-kind guide to give technology companies the tools to prevent, mitigate, and ensure justice for attacks on human rights defenders online.

We protect access to a free and open Internet. Since 2023, the U.S. government has helped 30 million users of circumvention tools like VPNs circumvent government internet blackouts each month through the Surge and Sustain Fund for Anti-Censorship Technology.

The stakes of this work could not be greater. But seeing everyone here today, seeing the work we’re going to do over the next three days, the information we’re going to share, the best practices we’re going to work on together, that again gives me confidence. This is a challenge , which we not only accept, but which we can also deal with successfully. If we can harness all of AI’s extraordinary potential and benefits while mitigating its drawbacks, we will – we will – advance progress for people in all our countries and around the world.

It is an enormous responsibility, but we must live up to it at this moment. Because once again – with this I conclude – it is happening so quickly, it is happening so quickly that what is decided now and in the coming weeks and months will shape the future for future generations. Therefore, this effort is urgent and we will be much more effective and stronger if we work together.

Thank you very much. (Applause.)

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