Harnessing artificial intelligence's (AI) potential is an unprecedented opportunity for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) to mitigate and better adapt to the effects of climate change.
Levering data, and digital technologies to build effective institutions for a resilient future in SIDS is a top priority SIDS will discuss at the 4th International Conference. AI's ability to collect, process and analyse vast and time-consuming data can:
- Inform predictions about environmental changes, allowing for early deployment of mitigation efforts;
- Forecast extreme events, model natural hazards, identify early warning signs and provide decision support for disaster risk reduction; and
Help manage the aftermath of disaster by assessing the severity of the situation and assisting first responders prioritise when and where to respond.
However, most SIDS’s national statistical systems (NSS) lack the data infrastructure and skills needed to support the use of emerging technologies and innovations.
Technological advances and the use of AI will move ahead, and SIDS need to be prepared to take advantage of them by having a comprehensive approach to statistical capacity development, investment, and strategic partnerships. Initial steps might include promoting data and digital literacy, investing in digital infrastructure to facilitate access to AI-powered services (e.g. data digitalization, access to high-speed internet, data storage and cloud computing capabilities) and engaging with partners (e.g. CSOs and private actors) to leverage knowledge transfer, funding opportunities and access to AI tools.
This annual roundtable of SIDS, organized in the margins of the 55th session of the United Nations Statistics Commission, convenes representatives of NSOs from SIDS and regional and multilateral organizations to share their good practices and knowledge on how to better prepare SIDS to harness the advantages of data innovations and AI to tackle climate change and achieve sustainable development.
The event is organised by PARIS21 in collaboration with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Pacific Community (SPC), and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).
What opportunities can digitalisation bring to NSOs in SIDS?
- Are there examples of the use of AI in official statistics or government in SIDS?
- How can NSOs accelerate capacity building on the use of AI and digital technologies?
- What are the solutions at regional levels?
|SIDS countries, CARICOM, SPC, PARIS21, UN DESA, UN OHRLLS, CDB