Denmark has participated in a number of Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) meetings on autonomous weapons systems since 2015.
Denmark has not yet declared its position on the negotiation of a legally binding instrument on autonomous weapons systems. At the 78th UN General Assembly First Committee in 2023, Denmark co-sponsored resolution L.56 on autonomous weapons systems, and voted in favour of the resolution 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.
At the 2021 meeting of the UN General Assembly First Committee, in a statement delivered by Denmark on behalf of the Nordic countries, Denmark stated that it supports the work of the CCW Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (GGE on LAWS), in particular the eleven guiding principles.Statement by Denmark on behalf of the Nordic countries, UN General Assembly First Committee, 04 October 2021, … Continue reading At the 2015 CCW Informal Meeting of Experts on LAWS, Denmark said that ‘All use of force – including the use of autonomous weapon systems – must be in compliance with international humanitarian law, i.e. the fundamental rules of distinction, proportionality and precautions in attack. And all use of force must remain under “meaningful human control”.’Statement by Denmark, CCW Informal Meeting of Experts on LAWS, 13 April 2015, … Continue reading
|Statement by Denmark on behalf of the Nordic countries, UN General Assembly First Committee, 04 October 2021, https://reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/1com/1com21/statements/4Oct_Nordic.pdf
|Statement by Denmark, CCW Informal Meeting of Experts on LAWS, 13 April 2015, https://www.reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/ccw/2015/meeting-experts-laws/statements/13April_Denmark.pdf