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16 November 2023
UNESCO Headquarters
Europe/Paris timezone

World Philosophy Day - "AI, a tool for mental healthcare?"

On 16 November 2023, UNESCO will organize a panel on “Artificial intelligence, a tool for mental health care?" with the French National Commission for UNESCO and Paris Saclay University, to mark World Philosophy Day during the 42nd General Conference (1.30-2.45pm, UNESCO Paris, Room XI).

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The round-table will reflect on potential contributions of AI to a human-centered approach of mental health and examine ethical repercussions and moral concerns.

If AI has great potential for a better understanding and treatment of mental illnesses and is likely to improve access to care, what potential pitfalls and ethical implications does it hold? In other words, can AI be a dynamic factor for the improvement of mental healthcare?

In the context of the Management of Social Transformations (MOST) programme, UNESCO’s work o philosophy promotes humanist thinking as a response to social transformations and encourages its use for impact on political dialogue. Philosophy allows to think collectively about the future of humanity - and to design a better world.


Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director General for the Social and Human Sciences, UNESCO

Philippe Franc, Ambassador, Permanent Delegate of France to UNESCO

Moderation : Gabriela Ramos, UNESCO ADG/SHS/ Christian Byk, French National Commission for UNESCO, Chair of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Bioethics Committee (2017-2019)


  • Dr Sarah Cunningham-Burley (Scotland), Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics and Dean at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has a significant role in shaping ethical guidelines and public policy in the UK and is a reference in the world of bioethics


  • Dr Ledia Lazeri (Albania), Regional advisor for mental health, WHO Europe


  • Dr Uichol Kim (South Korea), Professor at College of Business Administration, Inha University, Incheon, Korea, International Panel on Social Progress


  • Dr Gustaf Arrhenius (Sweden), Professor and philosopher, Director, Institute for Futures Studies, Sweden


  • Dr Eric Fourneret (France), Professor and philosopher, Université Catholique de Lille, specialized in ethical issues relating to health and the philosophy of technology


  • Dr. Mpho Tshivhase (South Africa) Philosopher, Professor of applied ethics at University of Pretoria, first black woman to receive a PhD in philosophy in all of South Africa

Conclusion : Daniela Piana, Professor of Political Science, University of Bologna (Italy) and Réseau Unitwin Netlearning MaISoN - Paris-Saclay

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