Trinidad and Tobago is not a state party to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW). Trinidad and Tobago supports the negotiation of a legally binding instrument on autonomous weapons systems.
At the 2023 CARICOM conference on the human impacts of autonomous weapons, hosted by Trinidad and Tobago, Trinidad and Tobago signed the CARICOM Declaration on Autonomous Weapons Systems, stating its commitment to ‘support the indispensability of meaningful human control over the use of force and thereby encourage the pursuit of an international legally binding instrument which incorporates prohibitions and regulations on AWS’, and to ‘collaborate on endeavours aimed at negotiating an international legally binding instrument that prohibits unpredictable or uncontrollable AWS capable of using force without meaningful human control, and prohibit those designed or employed to apply force against persons, while implementing regulations for other forms of AWS’.CARICOM Declaration on Autonomous Weapons Systems, https://www.caricom-aws2023.com/_files/ugd/b69acc_c1ffb97ed9024930a3205ae4e34c1b45.pdf
At the 78th UN General Assembly First Committee in 2023, Trinidad and Tobago 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 First Committee in 2023, CARICOM, in a statement delivered by Jamaica, underlined that ‘the introduction of new technological applications, such as those related to autonomy in weapon systems, and lack of human control in the decision-making processes of these weapons, raises serious concerns from humanitarian, legal, security, technological and ethical perspectives.’Statement by Jamaica on behalf of CARICOM, UNGA First Committee, 02 October 2023. https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1z/k1zwe7y41m
|CARICOM Declaration on Autonomous Weapons Systems, https://www.caricom-aws2023.com/_files/ugd/b69acc_c1ffb97ed9024930a3205ae4e34c1b45.pdf
|Statement by Jamaica on behalf of CARICOM, UNGA First Committee, 02 October 2023. https://webtv.un.org/en/asset/k1z/k1zwe7y41m