Indian diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill made Special Envoy of UN Secy Gen on Technology

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Indian diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill. Photo courtesy his Twitter Account

New Delhi: Senior Indian diplomat Amandeep Singh Gill was today appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres as his Envoy on Technology. 

Gill, an Indian Foreign Service (IFS) officer of 1992 batch, is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the International Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence Research Collaborative project, based at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

Previously, he was the Executive Director and Co-Lead of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation (2018-2019) and had delivered the report of the High-Level Panel.

Gill also helped secure high-impact international consensus recommendations on regulating artificial intelligence in lethal autonomous weapon systems in 2017 and 2018, the draft artificial intelligence ethics recommendation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in 2020, and a new international platform on digital health and artificial intelligence.

Earlier, he served as India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva from 2016 to 2018. 

After joining IFS in 1992, Gill served in various capacities, including the disarmament and strategic technologies and international security affairs, with postings in Tehran and Colombo. 

“A thought leader on digital technology, he brings to the position a deep knowledge of digital technologies coupled with a solid understanding of how to leverage the digital transformation responsibly and inclusively for progress on the Sustainable Development Goals,” said an official statement from the United Nations.