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8:30 am – 10:30 am, EST, April 28, 2021

Ceremony to honor Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis as 2021 World Leader in AIWS
Remarks of Governor Michael Dukakis to honor Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis
Speech of Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis
Congratulations of Greek Consul General in Boston, Stratos Efthymiou

The United Nations Centennial Roundtable “AI International Accord”
Chair/Moderator: Governor Michael Dukakis, Co-founder and Chairman of Boston Global Forum

Professor Nazli Choucri, MIT
Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis, EU
Director for Partnerships and Outreach, UNESCO, Magnus Magnusson
Ambassador P.S Raghavan, India
EU Commission Principal Advisor, Paul Nemitz


The Boston Global Forum and Michael Dukakis Institute launch the Framework for AI International Accord (AIIA) version 1.0. Professor Nazli Choucri, MIT, Board Member of Michael Dukakis Institute and Boston Global Forum, will present this AIIA at the AI International Accord Panel, co-organized by Boston Global Forum and United Nations Academic Impact on April 28, 2021, an event of United Nations Centennial Initiative.

Here is the Framework for AI International Accord version 1.0:

Consistent with the principles of the Social Contract for the AI Age, the AIIA draft framework is conceived as:
•    A multi-stakeholder, consensus-based international agreement to establish common policy and practice in development, uses, implementation and applications of AI
•    Anchored in the balance of influence and responsibility among governments, businesses, civil society, individuals, and other entities. 
•    Respecting of national authority and international commitments and requires assurances of rights and responsibilities for all participants and decision-entities.

The tasks required to consolidate the Draft into a formal Framework include:
•    Reviewing legal frameworks for AI to identify essential elements for an international AI legal framework.
•    Defining methods to prevent abuses by governments and businesses in uses of AI, Data, Digital Technology, Cyberspace (including attacking companies, organizations, and individuals on the Internet)
•    Consolidating norms to manage all aspects of AI innovations and applications
•    Supporting the provisions of the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime as well as the EU General Directives, and/or incorporating basic principles thereof. 
•    Constructing sanction system for violations of rights and responsibilities associated with development, design, applications, or implementation of AI


This week in The History of AI at - John McCarthy proposed the “advice taker” in his paper “Programs with Common Sense.” This hypothetical program was the first to use logic to represent information. The paper was published in 1959.

John McCarthy was an American computer scientist. He, along with Minsky and others, co-wrote the proposal for the Dartmouth Conference, and participated in it. McCarthy also developed the Lisp programming language. He spent most of his career at Stanford after working at Dartmouth and MIT. McCarthy won the Turing Award in 1971.

McCarthy wrote and published the paper while he was a part of the Computer Science at Stanford University. It can be viewed and downloaded here.

The HAI initiative considers this an event in the history of AI due to the paper being one of the earliest developments in artificial intelligence. Furthermore, John McCarthy is one of the pivotal figures in the growth of the field, having been there at the Dartmouth Conference.


The framework for AI International Accord (AIIA) is a follow-up of the Social Contract for the AI Age. The framework is designed to build the AI World Society (AIWS) and to meet the goals of the United Nations Centennial Initiative — as articulated by the United Nations Academic Impact and the Boston Global Forum.
The AIIA framework serves as a guide to international relations in the AI and Digital Age. It is based on AIWS values, and smarter, quicker, and more effective action.

The AI International Accord Roundtable will address:

  1. Fundamentals of the framework for AI International Accord,
  2. Process to build AIIA,
  3. Mechanisms to implement AIIA, and
  4. Supports of governments, international organizations, and companies and firms to acknowledge, buttress, and enable this international accord.

Governor Michael Dukakis
Introduction & Moderator

Professor Nazli Choucri,
“Introduction to the Framework for AI International Accord”

Ambassador Stavros Lambrinidis
“View of EU leaders on international accord for AI, and the special EU-US AI Agreement”

Mr. Magnus Magnusson
Bring Goodness and AI Ethics to AI International Accord, and view from UNESCO”

“How to mobilize the consensus support of democratic governments of AI International Accord
Paul Nemitz

Mechanism to implement and enforce AI International Accord”
Discussion, led by Governor Dukakis

Concluding remarks, statement of appreciation, and next steps
Nguyen Anh Tuan, CEO, the Boston Global Forum


Stavros Lambrinidis, European Union Ambassador to the United States, will receive the, “World Leader in AI World Society Award,” at 8:30 AM, Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from Governor Michael Dukakis.

The award honors Ambassador Lambrinidis for his contribution to strengthening security and fundamental freedoms on the Internet and for fostering Artificial Intelligence democracy worldwide.

Ambassador Lambrinidis, who served as Vice President of the European Parliament and as the EU’s Special Representative for Human Rights and has long been active on data privacy issues, will talk about opportunities for transatlantic collaboration on the digital economy and AI in his brief remarks at the upcoming award ceremony.

The Framework for the Artificial Intelligence International Accord, developed by the Boston Global Forum in collaboration with AIWS distinguished thinkers, will be discussed immediately following the ceremony honoring Ambassador Lambrinidis 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, April 28, 2021.

He stated, “As the development and deployment of artificial intelligence advances, my hope is that Europe and the United States will work more closely together, continuously and at all levels, to guide our technological progress in a way that is consistent with our shared values. Together with like-minded partners around the world, we must ensure that AI enhances the human condition and experience for all mankind.

Without trust – without keeping humanity at the center of our technological advancements—our progress as an increasingly technologically dependent society will not be sustainable.”

Ambassador Lambrinidis will deliver his remarks virtually at the Boston conference on the AI International Accord. The event is being organized by The Boston Global Forum, the Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation, and AI World Society (AIWS).

Governor Dukakis noted, “The world needs an international accord on artificial intelligence, the Internet, and data privacy and mining. With this in mind, we are calling for an AI Bill of Rights that will build on existing fundamental rights, promote the enforcement of those rights, and recognize emerging principles brought about by the dynamic confluence of the Internet and digital information.”

Governor Dukakis lauded Ambassador Lambrinidis for proposing a European Parliament recommendation to the Council aimed at strengthening security and fundamental freedoms on the Internet, and AI democracy.

Ambassador Lambrinidis is a former Foreign Minister of Greece (2011), Secretary General of the Greek Foreign Ministry (1996-1999), and Ambassador ad-personam of the Hellenic Republic (1999-2004). Between 2004-2011, he was twice elected to the European Parliament where he served as Vice President (2009-2011). Prior to assuming the role of EU Ambassador to the United States (2019), he was the EU Special Representative for Human Rights (2012-2019). He is a graduate of Yale Law School and Amherst College and has worked as a trade lawyer at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington DC in the early 1990s.

In 2010, he delivered a report at the European Data Protection and Privacy Conference titled: A European Parliament recommendation to the Council on strengthening security and fundamental freedoms on the Internet.

The Framework for the Artificial Intelligence International Accord, developed by the Boston Global Forum in collaboration with by a team of AIWS distinguished thinkers, will be discussed at the April 28 conference.

The Boston Global Forum and The Michael Dukakis Institute presented the first World Leader in AIWS Award in 2018 to Secretary General of OECD Angel Gurria. Past recipients include: Father of Internet and Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf (2019), and Chancellor Professor of UCLA, Inventor of Causal Inference Methodology Judea Pear (2020).

The Boston Global Forum and The Michael Dukakis Institution have played a leading role in promoting a Social Contract for the AI Age. The Social Contract promote an Artificial Intelligence world that respects human rights, dignity and democratic values while preventing governments and private entities from using AI for harmful purposes.


On April 24, 2021, Professor Alex Pentland, MIT, Member of AIWS City’s Board Leaders, presented the AIWS Leadership Master Lecture for Saint Petersburg Electrotechnical University students.

He presented some new concepts and ideas: the Trustworthy Economy, New Bretton Woods, and New Financial System.

This is a special lecture of AIWS University of AIWS Leadership Master Program.

Here is link to the video.


Patients receiving treatment for a rare cancer linked to asbestos exposure are being assessed with artificial intelligence in a pilot project.

Scotland has the highest incidence of mesothelioma in the world, connected to traditional heavy industry, but options for treating it are limited.
Researchers have created a prototype artificial intelligence system able to recognise the tumours.

It is hoped the technology could speed up clinical trials of new treatments.
Scottish medical imaging software firm, Canon Medical Research Europe, has been working with the University of Glasgow on a study of the new AI cancer assessment tool.

Chemotherapy does not work as effectively on mesothelioma as it does on other cancers and because of how the tumours grow, it's hard to monitor if treatments are working.

Prof Kevin Blyth, who runs a specialist clinic for mesothelioma patients, said most cancers grow in sphere and to measure that is "relatively straightforward".

He said: "Mesothelioma is almost like the peel of an orange, it forms like a rind around the lung and if you take a scan of that tumour, it is a very complex shape. To measure changes in that shape is very difficult."
The AI prototype, developed by researchers to recognise the tumours, was shown more than 100 CT scans which a clinician had already assessed - it was then able to find and measure tumours without human input.
According to Artificial Intelligence World Society ( and Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI), AI can be an important tool for supporting medical diagnostic and helping people achieve well-being and happiness. In this effort, Michael Dukakis Institute for Leadership and Innovation (MDI) invites participation and collaboration with think tanks, universities, non-profits, firms, and other entities that share its commitment to the constructive and development of full-scale AI for world society.

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