Launch of the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence by 15 founding members (15 Jun. 20)


Realizing the full potential of artificial intelligence (AI) that benefits all citizens requires international collaboration, Canada and France are launching with Australia, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union the Global Partnership on Artificial (GPAI) to support and guide the responsible development of artificial intelligence that is grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation, and economic growth.

GPAI is an international and multistakeholder initiative to guide the responsible development and use of AI, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation, and economic growth. In order to achieve this goal, the initiative will look to bridge the gap between theory and practice on AI by supporting cutting-edge research and applied activities on AI-related priorities.

In collaboration with partners and international organizations, GPAI will bring together leading experts from industry, civil society, governments, and academia to collaborate across four Working Group themes: 1) Responsible AI; 2) Data Governance; 3) The Future of Work; and 4) Innovation & Commercialization. Critically, in the short term, GPAI’s experts will also investigate how AI can be leveraged to better respond to and recover from COVID-19.

GPAI will be supported by a Secretariat, to be hosted by the OECD in Paris, as well as by two Centres of Expertise – one each in Montréal and Paris. The relationship with the OECD will bring strong synergies between GPAI’s scientific and technical work and the international AI policy leadership provided by the OECD, strengthening the evidence base for policy aimed at responsible AI. The Centres will provide administrative and research support for the practical projects undertaken or assessed by Working Group experts from various sectors and disciplines. The Centres will also plan the annual GPAI Multistakeholder Experts Group Plenary, the first of which will be hosted by Canada in December 2020.

The Centre of Expertise in Paris, piloted by Inria, will support two working groups of experts on 3) future of work and 4) innovation & commercialization. It will work in cooperation with the Centre of Expertise in Montréal, which will support the other working groups.

This launch crowns two years of work by the French digital diplomacy and Canadian partners in order to implement the appeal made in the Canada-France Statement on AI of June 2018.

Quick facts

  • The creation of an International Panel on Artificial Intelligence announced by the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, and Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic, prior to the 2018 G7 Summit, is a key outcome of the Canada-France Statement on AI.
  • As a first step toward establishing IPAI, Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Bains and France’s Secretary of State for Digital Affairs announced the mandate for the International Panel on Artificial Intelligenceat the G7 Multistakeholder Conference on AI in December 2018.
  • In August 2019, during the G7 Summit in Biarritz, Heads of States and Governments acknowledge the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI) proposed by Canada and France in the Biarritz Strategy for an Open, Free and Secure Digital Transformation.
  • On October 2019, during the Global Forum on AI for Humanity in Paris, President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron announced that the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence will be supported by two Centre of Expertise in Paris, piloted by Inria, and in Montréal, and by a secretariat hosted at the OECD. At this occasion, experts and stakeholders from around the world, drawn from the public and private sectors, academic and scientific communities, as well as civil society more broadly discussed about possible priority topics for GPAI.
  • In May 2020, during the G7 ministerial meeting on Science & Technology, G7 countries agreed on launching the Global Partnership on AI to enhance multi-stakeholder cooperation in the advancement of AI that reflects our shared democratic values and addresses shared global challenges, with an initial focus that includes responding to and recovering from COVID-19, and committing to the responsible and human-centric development and use of AI in a manner consistent with human rights, fundamental freedoms, and our shared democratic values.