At the 78th UN General Assembly First Committee in 2023, Cameroon voted in favour of resolution L.56 on autonomous weapons systems, along with 163 other states. Resolution L.56 stressed the ‘urgent need for the international community to address the challenges and concerns raised by autonomous weapons systems’, and mandated the UN Secretary-General to prepare a report, reflecting the views of member and observer states on autonomous weapons systems and ways to address the related challenges and concerns they raise from humanitarian, legal, security, technological and ethical perspectives and on the role of humans in the use of force.
Cameroon has participated in a number of Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) meetings on autonomous weapons systems since 2016. Cameroon has stated that autonomous weapons pose challenges that ‘are both ethical and legal and Cameroon is sensitive to the humanitarian impact that these weapons will cause’.Statement by Cameroon, Fifth Review Conference of the Convention on Conventional Weapons , 12 December 2016, … Continue readingCameroon is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and the African Group, both of which support the negotiation of a legally binding instrument on autonomous weapons systems. Cameroon has not spoken independently on the need for a legally binding instrument. In July 2021, a working paper on behalf of the NAM and other States Parties to the CCW was submitted to the CCW Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (GGE on LAWS), which stated that ‘a strengthened and reinforced multilateral approach, with new legally-binding provisions for addressing the humanitarian and international security challenges posed by emerging technologies in the area of LAWS, is vital. There is an urgent need to pursue a legally-binding instrument on LAWS’.Working paper submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, CCW Group of Governmental Experts on LAWS, June 2021, … Continue reading
|Statement by Cameroon, Fifth Review Conference of the Convention on Conventional Weapons , 12 December 2016, http://conf.unog.ch/digitalrecordings/index.html?guid=public/61.0500/DDE5EFD9-810F-41D4-A0AB-3D6244069E03_15h03&position=6251
|Working paper submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, CCW Group of Governmental Experts on LAWS, June 2021, https://documents.unoda.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/NAM.pdf