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United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons Experts' Views

The United Nations Office at Geneva has scheduled the Convention for Conventional Weapons in November 2017 to discuss and agree on a set of rule to govern the use of autonomous weapons.

The 2017 CCW is comprised of the following four meetings at the historical Palais des Nations:

  1. Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) 13-17 November 2017
  2. Protocol V Eleventh Conference of the High Contracting Parties, 20 November 2017
  3. Amended Protocol II Nineteenth Annual Conference of the High Contracting Parties, 21 November 2017
  4. Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention, 22-24 November 2017

In first of the four meetings, which took place last week, experts and scholars warned of the dangers of using killer robots and other autonomous weapons, and urged the UN to take action on the matter.

Experts, including the GCSP’s Global Risk and Resilience Cluster Leader, Dr Jean-Marc Rickli, were interviewed by RTS Tout un Monde show about autonomous weapons on Wednesday, 15 November 2017, after the UN roundtable session on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the defence industry.


>> Audio Extracts of the Interviews (French)