Program Details

Convention Hall 2024-05-22 14:20-17:40

Ministers' Session_Action to Strengthen AI Safety/Approach for Sustainability and Resilience(Invited Only)

Programme Overview

· Date : May 22, 2024

· Time : 14:20-17:40 KST

· Venue : Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), Convention Hall



Since the AI Safety Summit in Bletchley in November 2023, we have seen the release of increasingly capable AI models and further efforts from governments and international organizations that emphasize the necessity of international cooperation on ensuring AI safety.


This pivotal juncture requires nations to carefully examine responses and policy approaches to AI safety to support continued innovation. To meet this moment, the Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom will co-host the AI Seoul Summit Minister’s Session as a platform for global cooperation on AI safety which is underpinning innovation and inclusivity.


The AI Seoul Summit Minister’s Session will build upon the foundational discussions and commitments from the AI Safety Summit in Bletchley and AI Seoul Summit Leader’s Session. Ministers and key figures from industry, academia and civil society will delve deeper into the role of governments to ensure AI safety, through sharing best practice and developing concrete action plans for global coordination.


Participants will also exchange perspectives on bolstering societal resilience against the potentially negative impacts of AI, across areas such as energy use, the impact on labor markets, the proliferation of mis- and disinformation. Just as we should pursue international consensus on the risks of AI, we should also recognize the need for solutions that transcend borders to overcome the societal and economic side effects stemming from the expansion of AI usage.




· 14:20-16:20 KST Session 1 : Action to Strengthen AI Safety


· 16:20-16:40 KST Break time


· 16:40-17:40 KST Session 2 : Approach for Sustainability and Resilience




Session 1 : Action to Strengthen AI Safety


Building on the outcomes of the AI Safety Summit in Bletchley, including the establishment of the International AI Safety Report and emerging consensus on frontier AI risks, we will advance global cooperation on AI safety.


We will share national and institutional efforts to strengthen AI safety and drawing on the first iteration of the International AI Safety Report, we will identify and discuss emerging risks from current and near-future frontier AI models.


To make forward progress on strengthening the international community's ability to respond to serious AI risks, we will present the work of national AI Safety Institutes and discuss how to further establish the norms and practices required to make AI safe.


This session will focus on global cooperation on AI safety. Nations with recently established technical capabilities are invited to share the current status and progress made by their own organizations. Participants will explore further opportunities for expert international cooperation on AI safety.


Following this, there will be a discussion on the first iteration of the International AI Safety Report and its next steps. Finally, we will also discuss collaborative strategies to mitigate risks arising from various areas, including those identified in the International AI Safety Report. Further information on speaking allocation will follow.



Session 2 : Approach for Sustainability and Resilience


Governments have a responsibility to guarantee safe, secure and trustworthy AI if we are to reap its significant benefits. To that end, governments have a role to play in ensuring a wider resilience against the most negative impacts of AI in order to make the technological and industrial advancement of AI sustainable.


To increase resilience against the negative impacts of AI, there is a need to address not only technical issues such as AI model development, but also the deployment of responsible and trustworthy AI to increase societal benefits and acceptance.


A globally coordinated approach to AI development should explore resolutions to negative social and economic impacts exacerbated by AI, such as energy and environmental threats, labor market impacts, the mass production of misinformation and disinformation, and strengthening unethical bias.


This session will be an open discussion on these topics among Ministers and other attendees. Further information on speaking allocation will follow.




• Lee, Jong-Ho, Minister of Science and ICT of The Republic of Korea


• Michelle Donelan, Secretary of State for Science of Innovation and Technology of United Kingdom




(In alphabetical order)




• Abdullah bin Sharaf Alghamdi, President of the Saudi Data and AI Authority, Saudi Arabia


• Abhishek Singh, Additional Secretary at Ministry of Electronics and IT, India


• Ahmet Yozgatlıgi, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology, Türkiye


• Benedikt Wechsler, State Secretary, Head of the Digitalisation Division of Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland


• Chrysoula Zacharopoulou, Secretary of State for Development and International Partnership, France


• Francis Bilodeau, Associate Deputy Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Canada


• Georgii Dubynskyi, Deputy Minister of Digital Transformation, Ukraine


• Helen Wilson, Deputy Secretary, Department of Industry, Science and Resources - Science and Technology Group, Australia


• Ivan John Uy, Secretary of Information and Communications Technology, Philippines


• Janil Puthucheary, Senior Minister of State at the Ministry of Communications and Information, Minister-in-charge of the Government Technology Agency, and Ministry of Health,  Singapore


• Lucilla Sioli, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, EC


• Mayte Ledo, Secretary of State for Digitalisation and AI of the Ministry of Digital Transformation and Civil Service, Spain


• Nishida Syoji, Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, Japan


• Paula Ingabire, Minister of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda


Saqr Binghalib, Deputy Executive Director of Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications Office, UAE


• Seth Center, Deputy Envoy for Critical and Emerging Technology, Department of State, USA


• Stefan Schnorr, State Secretary of Federal Ministry for Digital Affairs and Transport, Germany


• Zhuang Jia, Deputy Director General of International Cooperation, Ministry of Science and Technology, China 




(International Organization)


• Amandeep Singh Gill, Secretary General’s Envoy on Technology, UN






• Aidan Gomez, CEO of Cohere


• Andrew Jackson, Chief AI Officer of Core42


• Bae, Kyunghoon, President of LG AI Research


• Christina Montgomery, Chief Trust & Privacy Officer of IBM


• Jack Clark, Co-founder of Anthropic


• Ling Ge, Chief European Representative of Tencent


• Natasha Crampton, Chief Responsible AI Officer of Microsoft


• Paul(Kyungwhoon) Cheun, CTO of Samsung Electronics


• Najwa Aaraj, CEO of Technology Innovation Institute (TII)


• Ryu, Young-Sang, President and CEO of SK Telecom


• Rob Sherman, Vice President and Deputy Chief Privacy Officer of META


• Sandy Kunvatanagarn, Head of Policy APAC, OpenAI 


• Tom Lue, Vice President of Google DeepMind




(Academia & Civil Society)


• Alice Oh, Professor of KAIST, Korea


• Arthur Nelson, Deputy Director of The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace


• Benjamin Prud'homme, Vice President of Policy, Safety and Global Affairs of Mila


• Brian Tse, CEO of Concordia AI


• Chris Meserole, Executive Director of Frontier Model Forum


• Francine Bennett, Interim Director of Ada Lovelace Institute


• Jason Matheny, CEO of RAND


• Lee, Kyoung Mu, Professor of Seoul National University, Korea


• Max Tegmark, President of Future of Life Institute


• Rumman Chowdhury, CEO of Humane Intelligence


• Yi Zeng, Professor at the Institute of Automation of Chinese Academy of Sciences