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19 international partners have joined together to guide the responsible development and use of artifical intelligence, grounded in human rights, inclusion, diversity, innovation and economic growth: 

  • Australia Australia
  • Brazil Brazil
  • Canada Canada
  • France France
  • Germany Germany
  • India India
  • Italy Italy
  • Japan Japan
  • South-Korea Republic of Korea
  • Mexico Mexico
  • Netherlands Netherlands
  • New-Zealand New Zealand
  • Poland Poland
  • Singapore Singapore
  • Slovenia Slovenia
  • Spain Spain
  • United-Kingdom United Kingdom
  • United-States United States
  • European-Union European Union

They are now working with other interested like-minded countries to announce a next wave of members.

Leadership team


GPAI Council Chair (2020-2021) ‌


Minister François-Philippe Champagne
Government of Canada 

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Incoming Council Chair (2021-2022)


Minister Cedric O
Government of France

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Steering Committee Co-Chair


Jordan Zed
Government of Canada

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Multi-stakeholder Experts Group Plenary Chair and Steering Committee Co-Chair 


Baroness Joanna Shields

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GPAI Council

The GPAI Council is a ministerial-level body that includes all members. It provides strategic direction to GPAI and is responsible for all major decisions, including on membership and participation.

The 2020-2021 GPAI Council will be chaired by Minister Navdeep Bains of the Government of Canada, with the support of Minister Cedric O, Secretary of State for Digital and Telecommunications for France, as GPAI Incoming Chair.

Steering Committee

The GPAI Steering Committee is an elected body comprised of five government members from the Council and six non-government representatives from the Multistakeholder Experts Group Plenary. It implements the direction of the Council, including development of the work plan and establishment of Working Groups, and provides substantive guidance and direction to the GPAI Secretariat and Centres of Expertise, as needed.

The Government of Canada will co-chair the 2020-2021 GPAI Steering Committee with the Multi-stakeholder Experts Group Plenary Chair.


The GPAI Secretariat, hosted at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, supports the GPAI Council and the GPAI Steering Committee, liaises with the Centres of Expertise and facilitates strong synergies between GPAI’s scientific and technical work and the international AI policy leadership provided by the OECD.

At full capacity, the Secretariat will report and update on policy analysis domestically and internationally, in addition to promoting and maintaining cooperation with other relevant initiatives.

Multi-stakeholder Experts Group Plenary

GPAI's work will be presented annually during a Multi-stakeholder Experts Group Plenary where between 100-150 experts from science, industry, civil society, trade unions, international organizations and governments will exchange on the outputs and discuss projects for forward-looking collaboration. This plenary will also produce an annual report on AI developments and develop recommendations based on the results from the applied projects undertaken by the GPAI working groups. The Chair of the Multi-stakeholder Experts Group Plenary also serves on the GPAI Steering Committee.

Centres of Expertise

Two Centres of Expertise, in Montreal and Paris, will support GPAI’s working groups and organize the annual Multi-stakeholder Experts Group Plenary.

  • The International Centre of Expertise of Montreal for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (ICEMIA) will support the working groups on responsible AI (including a subgroup on AI and pandemic response) and data governance.
  • The Paris Centre, piloted by INRIA, will support the working groups on the future of work and innovation and commercialization.

Working groups

GPAI’s four working groups and their research and practical projects, across various sectors and disciplines. The working groups will initially focus on four themes:

The working groups will each have two co-chairs and meet at least once a month. The co-chairs will also meet regularly throughout the year to update one another on the Working Groups’ activities and discuss potential areas of collaboration through targeted joint meetings. The meetings between the working group co-chairs will ensure that each group is aware of the others’ activities. Working group members will additionally have access to other working groups’ materials through a central online platform.