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Data and AI: The Driving Force Behind International Development.

Hylenne González

We are living in an era where technological advancements are reshaping the foundations of our world. Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are no longer just technological terms, but pivotal elements in driving global progress.

Recognizing their significance, the United Nations (UN) steps forward, spearheading efforts to maximize the potential of data and AI for the betterment of all humanity. To this end, it has established the ‘Quintet of Change’ under its new approach called UN 2.0. This initiative aims to bolster its expertise and culture in data, digital transformation, innovation, foresight, and behavioral sciences to better support member states in the coming years.

Throughout this article, we delve into the UN’s call, its data-driven strategy, and the world’s response to this iniciative.

The UN’s Call 

During the first Security Council debate on Artificial Intelligence held last July in New York, Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary-General, stated that AI has the potential to “turbo-charge” global development.

This call to action reminds us that AI and data are not mere tools, but transformative forces that must be handled with responsibility and ethics.

In line with this, the UN is working towards the creation of a new international AI governance body. This new entity seeks to support collective efforts to regulate this technology, drawing inspiration from models like the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

A Data-Driven Strategy 

Beyond setting up an “AI governance entity,” the UN has rolled out an ambitious data strategy. The Data Strategy for Action by Everyone, Everywhere aims to harness the power of data to drive global progress in key areas such as climate action, gender equality, human rights, and security.

“Building a UN ecosystem that unleashes our full data potential: to make better decisions and support more people and the planet in the most crucial times. We want to focus data action on what matters most.”

Antonio Guterres

The above quote can be found on the UN’s Data Strategy portal, where they also highlight their top priorities concerning data.

At mottum., we share the UN’s vision and closely collaborate with organizations and governments to implement data-driven strategies that positively impact society. Hence, our mission is Data for Humanity.

Global Cooperation 

The call for global cooperation in the realm of AI is becoming increasingly urgent, and a holistic approach is imperative. This is where the insights of global leaders become vital. For instance, The World Bank’s president, Ajay Banga, suggests a climate strategy for progress based on five pillars: people (focusing on education, health, social benefits); prosperity (centering on jobs, financial inclusion); planet (adaptation, mitigation, water, biodiversity); physical infrastructure, and the digital environment. These pillars not only spotlight critical development areas but also underscore how data and AI can play an indispensable role in each.


The journey towards an AI and data-driven future is challenging, yet it must be embraced with determination, responsibility, and urgency. In doing so, we can progress towards a world where technology is not just an instrument but an ally in achieving sustainable and equitable development.

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