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UNICRI: High-Level Event- Artificial Intelligence and Robotics - Reshaping the Future of Crime, Terrorism and Security

United Nations Headquarters, New York, 2 April 2019. Together with the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) and the Permanent Missions to the United Nations of Georgia, the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates, UNICRI convened a high-level event at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The meeting focused on the role artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics can play in preventing and countering crime and terrorism, and strengthening security, as well the challenges that come with this. The meeting built upon foundations laid during the global meeting on the opportunities and risks of AI and robotics for law enforcement organized by INTERPOL and UNICRI in July 2018 – a report of which was presented to participants.

During the meeting, representatives from the law enforcement and security community shared their experiences with these technologies, noting that what is often considered a future possibility, is very much a present-day reality. At the same time, the importance of preparedness for the inevitable malicious use or misuse of these technologies was noted.

In her opening remarks UNICRI Director Ms. Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas reflected on the past work in the field of AI and robotics and outlined the vision of UNICRI “Innovation cannot and should not stop. But, as we embark down this road and explore the use of these innovative technologies in law enforcement and the security sector, we must ensure that we never lose sight of rule of law and the comprehensive body of humanrights law that has been meticulously developed over decades.”

Source: United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute(UNICRI) Homepage