Accelerate International Deliberations to Ban Killer Robots

On November 12th and 13th, 2015, the annual meeting of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) was held at the United Nations Office of Geneva, Switzerland. Natsuki MATSUMOTO of AAR Japan participated in the plenary session as a Steering Committee member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, an international coalition of civil society launched in April 2013.

“Killer Robots (lethal autonomous robots)” refer to weapons systems that have the ability to autonomously select targets and attack them without human judgments. Whlie such technology is not yet fully developed,  should such autonomous weapons be implemented on the battlefield, it would become possible for these robots to attack targets without human intervention.

Representatives from governments of approximately 100 countries, international organizations and non-governmental organizations participated in a Meeting of the States parties of the CCW. (November 13th, 2015)