23 Sep 2024

UNITAR Geneva Workshop on Artificial Intelligence (AI): The State of AI in 2024 -- Developing an AI Strategy and Leveraging AI-driven Innovation for Sustainable Transformation

Geneva, Switzerland
8 Hours
Programme Area
Public Finance and Trade
Event Focal Point Email
By application & selection
Mode of Delivery
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Artificial intelligence is becoming a key pillar of the future, yet various methodologies, ideas, and misinformation are circulating without much clarity on the correct and beneficial applications and implementations of AI within a country. While regulation is essential, it is equally crucial for countries and their officials to understand the state of Artificial Intelligence and the key areas it will impact, including governance, commerce, the economy, and education. This 2-day in-person training aims to equip participants with the right plan and vision for the future, demystifying confusion and dispelling myths about outdated or false forms of AI. It provides a strategic approach to embracing this revolution and succeeding in its new beginnings. As countries independently adopt and transform with their unique lessons and successes, this training serves as a platform to unify our efforts, ensuring we learn from each other and avoid repeating mistakes, paving the way for a collaborative and successful global future.

At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the global state of Artificial Intelligence, including key transformation areas such as job changes, commerce and trade shifts, industry advancements, and educational transformations.
  • Demonstrate the correct use cases of Artificial Intelligence and their respective benefits.
  • Identify various types of technologies, distinguishing between advanced AI, primitive AI, and non-AI technologies to aid in government planning and spending.
  • Outline the steps for designing a government AI strategy and selecting the right implementation methods.
  • Describe potential pitfalls associated with AI implementations.
  • Discuss strategies to future-proof a country or organization against the impending transformations brought by Artificial Intelligence.
  • Develop an AI strategy and policy framework, including guidelines, suggestions, and best practices.
  • Recognize safeguards against the misuse of AI by negative elements of society.
  • Choose support and guidance to navigate the new future of AI.

The 2-day in-person event will include the following results-oriented sessions:

DAY 1 - Understanding the Future

  • Session 1 - The State of Artificial Intelligence (AI)
    This session will explore the current state of Artificial Intelligence, key areas of development, the progress toward Artificial General Intelligence, and critical technical aspects to watch for.
  • Session 2 - The Impending Disruption
    This segment will discuss recent and forthcoming disruptions across various industries, providing live examples of new adoptions, comparing perceived versus actual benefits, and examining current implementations.
  • Session 3 - Global Government Perspectives
    We will examine how governments worldwide are responding to the AI revolution, key strategies, and major achievements. The session will also debate whether appointing an AI minister or forming a task force is more effective, reviewing the successes of task forces in shaping AI policy, and criteria for selecting task force members to ensure effective AI advice and adoption.

DAY 2 - Adapting and Succeeding

  • Session 4 - Barriers to Equitable Global AI Adoption
    This session will address the talent gap hindering AI adoption in many countries, current methodologies and their effectiveness compared to ideal implementations. It will also cover the compute resource battle, the rise of auxiliary industries benefiting from AI, and various national strategies to overcome these challenges.
  • Session 5 - Designing Your AI Strategy
    Participants will learn how to assess their unique situations, identify key problem areas, and design a personalized AI strategy with a 3 to 5-year timeline. The session will provide a step-by-step guide on implementation, potential roadblocks, and adoption issues, along with the benefits of effective AI integration.
  • Session 6 - Group Problem Solving: Strategy and Solutions
    Participants will be divided into groups to discuss their most pressing challenges and how AI can address them. They will prepare brief presentations based on their findings and participate in a Q&A session to evaluate their understanding and learning outcomes.

The workshop will use a mixture of teaching approaches including the use of case studies, classroom discussions, team projects, videoconferencing and collaboration methods. Participants will have an opportunity to have individual coaching on developing an AI strategy for their organization and on competencies required to make it a success.

The target audience includes key government officials, ministers, diplomats, decision-makers, corporate representatives, and personnel from development agencies, academia, civil society, and other sectors who aim to learn about and understand the current state of AI to facilitate and scale up its adoption.

Admission Criteria
Acceptance to this workshop is based on professional achievement and organizational responsibility. Early registration is encouraged since events often fill to capacity. Qualified registrants are accepted on a rolling, space-available basis. Due to the interactive nature of the workshop, the number of participants is limited. Requests for participation received after the deadline will be considered only if space remains available. UNITAR reserves the right to request for supporting document as part of the selection process.


  • Standard fee: 2,500 USD
  • Discount fee: 2,000 USD - a 20% reduced rate for early bird registration (payment made by or before 31 August 2024). In order to guarantee a place, applicants are kindly requested to make the payment as soon as possible.

Fee includes all tuition, lunches, and course documentation. Participants are responsible for their own travel
arrangements including air ticket, hotel accommodation, insurance, and any other expense related to attending the event.

Cancellation, Refund, and No Show-Policy:
Course fees will be refunded, less 200 USD administration fees, if cancellation is received within 30 days from the starting date of the event. Cancellations received less than 30 days before the starting date of the event are liable for the full course fee and no refunds will be given. UNITAR reserves the right to reschedule or cancel any event it deems necessary, and will, in such event, make a full refund of any registration fee. If for any reason UNITAR decides to amend or cancel the event, UNITAR is not responsible for covering airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by registrants. A registered attendee who does not submit a written cancellation or attend the seminar is considered a no-show and is not eligible for a refund or credit. Cancellations by telephone are not accepted. Cancellations must be received in writing by email to pft-elearning [at] (pft-elearning[at]unitar[dot]org)

The workshop will take place at UNITAR in Geneva, Switzerland. 

Travel and Accommodation:
Geneva is easily reachable by air from anywhere in the world. Geneva’s international airport has numerous direct flight connections and is catered to by most European and international airlines. From the airport, it takes only six minutes to reach the city centre. There are over 130 hotels in Geneva; including 15 five-star properties that meet the requirements of even the most discerning guests. Participants are expected to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements, and to bear the related expenses. For hotel booking and for additional information, please see or contact your travel specialist.

Insurance and Visa:
Depending on nationality and the type of travel document possessed, participants may need a visa to enter Switzerland. Participants should enquire directly with the Swiss consulate in their country of residence. Kindly note that UNITAR cannot apply for a visa on behalf of participants; it is the participant’s responsibility to secure the required visa and UNITAR will not be held accountable in case a participant does not receive a visa to enter Switzerland. UNITAR advises all participants to ensure that they possess medical insurance valid in Switzerland and providing a sufficient amount of coverage in light of the high cost of medical care in Switzerland.

UNITAR reserves the right to change or cancel any part of the published programme due to unforeseen circumstances or reasons beyond its control. No liability is assumed by UNITAR for changes in programme, date, content, speakers, and venue.