The network is expected to mobilise researchers to collaborate on key AI methods and Sustainable Development domain topics, to reach critical mass on these topics and to collaborate across cultural and language barriers and focus on the science that is much needed to push the efforts. Since its launch in March 2021, IRCAI has been having extensive conversations with already 15 core partners across 5 UN regions and plans to launch the network in its current form during the STI 2022 forum.