Science and technology

G7 Leaders Summit: Digital Economy and Artificial Intelligence


Remarks by Angel Gurría

OECD Secretary-General

26 August 2019 - Biarritz, France

(As prepared for delivery)



With the adoption of the OECD AI Principles, which were upgraded into the G20 AI Principles in Osaka, we have collectively agreed to a global policy and ethical benchmark that promotes innovation, inclusive growth, sustainable development, and human rights. Every G20 AI principle is a roadmap.

Now we must focus on implementation, implementation, implementation: the G7 must lead by example and pave the way forward.

We are not empty handed. Besides AI principles, we have:

  • the OECD’s AI Policy Observatory, a hub for multidisciplinary, evidence-based measurement, policy analysis and dialogue, will help us translate this common approach into concrete public policies.

  • And the creation of a Global Partnership on AI, spearheaded by the French Presidency and Canada, will inform policy debates with a high-level, forward-looking, and long-term reflection from the scientific community and experts, in academia, research institutes and the industry.


The OECD stands ready to support the G7 and its partners to make the AI Partnership a reality, and to adapt to the modalities which you will define.

We are also proud to support the G7’s concrete efforts to ensure an open and non-violent internet, as testified by the Charter you are signing today.

As recent traumatic events have shown, the promise of digital technologies comes with risks.

With support from Australia and other countries, the OECD is answering the recent call to action, developing a standardised transparency report protocol, so that social media platforms can all rely on a common, simple, internationally harmonized reporting mechanism on terrorist content.

This will be a first step towards preventing, detecting, and removing terrorist content from online platforms while establishing a global level playing field, reducing the risk of unilateral actions at national level, and avoiding a fragmentation of the regulatory landscape.

Count on us to help you advance this critical agenda.

Thank you. 



See also:

OECD work on Artificial Intelligence


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