AI for Planet: UNESCO highlights AI INNOVATIONS for sustainable development at VIVA TECH

The conference, held on 14 June, is part of a series of monthly dialogues “Tuesdays Together for the Planet” throughout 2021. It is dedicated to highlighting AI applications in domains related to sustainable development and the preservation of our planet.

This special “Francophonie” edition took place as an official side event of Viva Tech, highlighting initiatives and use cases from the French-speaking world with the aim to share best practices, celebrate successes and inspire new actions and collaborations in this field.

The conference opened with an interview with Mr. David Jensen, Coordinator of the UNEP Digital Transformation Task Force, and Ms. Sasha Rubel, UNESCO Programme Specialist, who both emphasized the need to identify and scale AI-based solutions to preserve the environment. This set the stage for the rest of the sessions, which covered topics including green infrastructures, maritime preservation, digital twins, and green investments.

In the opening keynote, both Mr. Stanislas Duthier, Group CIO, and Mr. Anthony Cirot, Managing Director of Google Cloud France, noted that green infrastructure is crucial not only for environmental impact, but also for businesses reputation. This idea was reinforced in the keynote of Ms. Cyrielle Hariel, who introduced her book Nos raison d’être. Vers une société durable et plus humaine, and shared insights about the importance of having Corporate Social Responsibility commitments. With new technology like apps that provide easy access to information about business supply chains, the consumer market now supports greener companies, Hariel underlined.

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