Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Centre on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Centre on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

During the 71st session of the United Nations General Assembly, on 29 September 2016, the Director of UNICRI, Ms. Cindy J. Smith, announced that UNICRI was in the process of opening of the first Centre on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics within the United Nations system. She explained that “The aim of the Centre is to enhance understanding of the risk-benefit duality of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics through improved coordination, knowledge collection and dissemination, awareness-raising and outreach activities.

The Centre will open in The Hague, The Netherlands. The main outcome of the above initiative will be that all stakeholders, including policy makers and governmental officials, possess improved knowledge and understanding of both the risks and benefits of such technologies and that they commence discussion on these risks and potential solutions in an appropriate and balanced manner.” With the support of the Government of the Netherlands and the City of The Hague, UNICRI is establishing the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in The Hague, the Netherlands, to serve as an international resource on matters related to AI and robotics.


  • Performance of a risk assessment and stakeholder mapping and analysis
  • Implementation of training and mentoring programmes
  • Contributing to the UN Sustainable Development Goals through facilitation of technology exchange and by orienting policies to promote security and development
  • Convening of expert meetings
  • Organization of policy makers’ awareness-raising workshops Organization of international conferences
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