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Weekly News Update August 23 - 27, 2021

Offered by Switzerland on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the UN and the upcoming

launch of Common Agenda a giant land art painting by Swiss-based artist Saype will be

inaugurated on the North Lawn beside the UN building (N.B: Saype already realized a similar

ephemeral artwork in front of the the Palais des Nations in Geneva in June 2020).

The artist will spray the biodegradable paint, which he makes himself, directly on the lawn.

The size of the planned painting will be more than 2500 square meters.

The inauguration of the fresco will take place on September 18 in the presence of the

Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres and the Swiss Minister of Foreign

Affairs, Ignazio Cassis.

The artist’s name « Saype » is a wordplay on «Say» and «Peace» (he was born as

Guillaume Legros), and he has been recognized by Forbes as one of the thirty most

influential young people in the world in 2019. Using landscapes and landmark buildings as

backgrounds, Saype's larger-than-life land art paintings are philosophical commentaries on

the margin of world’s most urgent issues.

More information: Jean-Marc Crevoisier, Head of communication, Swiss Mission to the UN. / phone: 917 225- 0113



Club de Madrid and Boston Global Forum Organise a Policy Lab

to push for an international accord that protects fundamental rights in artificial intelligence and digital governance

WHAT: Policy Lab ‘Fundamental Rights in AI and Digital Societies - Towards an International Accord’.

Club de Madrid, the largest forum of former Presidents and Prime Ministers, and the Boston Global Forum have partnered to narrow the gap between the digital and the policy world. This joint Policy Lab aims to build consensus around a rights-based agenda for the global governance of artificial intelligence (AI) and digital societies.

WHO: The Policy Lab will gather Boston Global Forum thinkers and Club de Madrid Members, as well as representatives of governments, academic institutions and think tanks, tech companies, and civil society. These will include Paul Nemitz, Principal Advisor in the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission; Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO; Danilo Türk, President of Club de Madrid and President of Slovenia (2007-2012); Alex ‘Sandy’ Pentland, Director of the MIT Connection Science; Aminata Touré, Member of Club de Madrid and Prime Minister of Senegal (2013-2014); Michael Dukakis, former Governor of Massachusetts; Paul Twomey, Distinguished fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation; Eva Kaili, Member of EU Parliament; and Cameron Kerry, former general counsel of the U.S.

Department of Commerce, amongst others.

WHERE/WHEN: The Policy Lab will be held online and streamed on this website:, from September 7 to 9.

WHY IT IS IMPORTANT: Policymakers around the world and at all levels of government are becoming more convinced of the need to ensure that digital technologies and artificial technologies serve the people and not the other way around. But the international community has so far failed to adopt a common governance model for these technologies. In search of such a model, policy makers and others will draw on the Boston Global Forum’s proposals for an AI International Accord – Toward an Age of Global Enlightenment.

The Policy Lab will identify ideas and policy recommendations that can serve to build consensus around a rights- based agenda for the governance of AI and digital societies. Club de Madrid and the Boston Global Forum will share the findings of the Policy Lab, in the form of proposals aimed at spearheading an international accord that protects human rights. Recommendations will turn attention also to the key roles played by multiple stakeholders, ranging from national governments and multilateral organisations to NGOs and others.


Policy Lab Registration:

Media Kit:

Media contact: Alejandro Hita, Communications Manager at Club de Madrid. / +34 607 69 43 54


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