Lithuania has participated in all Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons meetings on autonomous weapons systems since 2014. Lithuania 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, Lithuania 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.
At the 77th UN General Assembly First Committee meeting in October 2022, Lithuania stated that ‘We are convinced that discussions on new technologies, including regarding responsible military use of emerging and disruptive technologies, shall remain within the CCW framework, which brings together major stakeholders and relevant military, legal and political expertise.'Statement by Lithuania, 77th UN General Assembly First Committee, 21 October 2022, https://reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/1com/1com22/statements/21Oct_Lithuania.pdf
At the Sixth Review Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons in December 2021, Lithuania said that it strongly supports the Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems’ adopted guiding principles, ‘which are of key importance for further discussions in search of common ground’.Statement by Lithuania, Sixth Review Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, 14 December 2021, http://220.127.116.11:8080/s2t/UNOG/RCHCP6-14-12-2021-AM_mp3_en.html; … Continue reading
|Statement by Lithuania, 77th UN General Assembly First Committee, 21 October 2022, https://reachingcriticalwill.org/images/documents/Disarmament-fora/1com/1com22/statements/21Oct_Lithuania.pdf
|Statement by Lithuania, Sixth Review Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, 14 December 2021, http://18.104.22.168:8080/s2t/UNOG/RCHCP6-14-12-2021-AM_mp3_en.html; please note that this link leads to the full recording & transcript of the relevant meeting.