UN Secretary-General António Guterres, speaking at a recent Security Council meeting on the maintenance of international peace and security, described autonomous weapons as a challenge that was ‘unimaginable to our predecessors’, and noted the need to reduce risks stemming from these weapons systems.
The Secretary-General has previously expressed that ‘machines with the power and discretion to take lives without human involvement are politically unacceptable, morally repugnant and should be prohibited by international law’, and has called on the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (CCW GGE on LAWS) to swiftly advance its work on autonomous weapons that can choose targets and kill people without human interference.’
The majority of states taking part in discussions at the CCW GGE on LAWS support the negotiation of a legally binding instrument on autonomous weapons systems.
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