Beijing, 13 July 2023(TDI): At the 53rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, Ambassador Chen Xu made a joint statement on the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to advance the rights of people with disabilities on behalf of 70 countries.

Wang Wenbin, Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson, further explained the significance of the joint statement by saying that AI is growing fast like never before; therefore, its growth has made people realize the inclusive development and the human rights of people with disabilities.

On the flip side, AI may also contribute to exacerbating the inequality faced by disabled people. Considering this, the joint statement puts forward three proposals to safeguard their equal rights and promote their integration.

Three Key Proposals of the Joint Statement

First, the statement emphasized the need for increased collaboration and discussions to reduce the digital divide and create diverse opportunities for people with disabilities to benefit equally from social and economic progress.

Secondly, it stresses the inclusive development of AI and further ensures its convenient, accessible, and inclusive, therefore, to assist people with disabilities in achieving high-quality development.

Lastly, it urges the responsible use of AI to protect the rights of people with disabilities, giving special consideration to their needs.

After putting forward the key points of the joint statement, he went on to note that the international community understands that people with disabilities are equal members of humanity, and promoting their equal rights, integration, and development is a shared goal.

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He finally added that as a leading nation in science and technology and a member state of the UN Human Rights Council, China is dedicated to fostering the integration and development of people with disabilities through the application of AI.

By leveraging AI, China aims to contribute its expertise and resources to the global advancement of disability rights.