Kiribati is not a state party to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). During the 78th session of the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security in October 2023, Kiribati said that it recognises that ‘there is a need for new rules in order to preserve human control over the use of force and the effects of these weapons. Such control is required under international humanitarian law. For all other systems, there must be a combination of limits on the types of targets, duration, geographical scope, and scale and situations of use, as well as the requirement to ensure effective human supervision and timely intervention and deactivation. States must expressly prohibit unpredictable autonomous weapons. This should be coupled with a prohibition against systems designed or used to target humans. Thus, it is high time for negotiations on a legal instrument containing prohibitions on systems, which target humans and systems that do not allow for meaningful human control. We welcome and support the new resolution on AWS.'Statement by Kiribati, UN General Assembly First Committee, 10 October 2023, https://reachingcriticalwill.org/disarmament-fora/unga/2023/statements
At the 78th UN General Assembly First Committee in 2023, Kiribati 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.
During the 77th session of the UN General Assembly First Committee on Disarmament and International Security, in a joint statement with 69 other states, Kiribati said that it sees ‘an urgent need for the international community to further their understanding and address these risks and challenges by adopting appropriate rules and measures, such as principles, good practices, limitations and constraints.’ Joint Statement on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly First Committee, 21 October 2022, … Continue reading
|Statement by Kiribati, UN General Assembly First Committee, 10 October 2023, https://reachingcriticalwill.org/disarmament-fora/unga/2023/statements
|Joint Statement on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems, 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly First Committee, 21 October 2022, https://estatements.unmeetings.org/estatements/11.0010/20221021/A1jJ8bNfWGlL/KLw9WYcSnnAm_en.pdf