This is the first blog post in a series looking at an array of issues in 2023 related to weapons use, the arms trade and security assistance, often offering recommendations.
In 2023, we may or may not see the launch of negotiations in another forum, depending, among other factors, on the political will of those countries that have been traditionally committed to disarmament. But what is certain is that discussions are already out of the CCW. More stakeholders are getting involved and raising their voices to reject autonomous weapons, and this trend will only intensify next year. Here are some reasons why:
- Every time the CCW addresses the issue of AWS it demonstrates that it is not fit for purpose.
- Stakeholders of other international forums are already raising awareness on the concerns raised by AWS.
- The threats of autonomy in weapons systems are increasingly clear.
- Stakeholders will keep calling out the lack of coherence demonstrated by States that aim to lead international discussions on the ethics of artificial intelligence while stalling progress towards negotiations on legally binding instruments on autonomous weapons at the CCW.
It is also essential to ask whether the CCW is worth our tax-payer money given the lack of results.
Read more in this 6-page brief (English, Español)
Wanda Muñoz Jaime represents SEHLAC in México and is a member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots and the Feminist AI Research Network. She is an expert at the Global Partnership of Artificial Intelligence, nominated by Mexico.
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