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ICAN to collect Nobel Peace Prize for treaty banning nuclear weapons

December 8, 2017  Comments are off

This weekend at a ceremony in Oslo, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) – a global coalition of 468 organisations in 101 countries, with hundreds of campaigners – will be receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, for “ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition” on nuclear weapons. The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, agreed this year, builds on previous humanitarian disarmament treaties to ban other indiscriminate weapons, and shows what can be... Read more

Nuclear Weapons

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Policy paper: Fleeing the bombs: Approaching explosive weapons in the policy framework of ...

November 15, 2017  Comments are off

The use of explosive weapons in populated areas has been identified as a key driver of population displacement. Limiting the use of explosive weapons in populated areas is essential to providing greater protection to civilians experiencing armed conflict and curbing the displacement of people. It is also a useful policy concept for organisations working to prevent protracted displacement caused by conflict. Faced with an escalation in the number of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs)... Read more

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

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Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

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Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

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New technologies

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Discussion paper: Evaluating ‘meaningful human control’ in weapon review processes

November 13, 2017  Comments are off

This week in Geneva, states are meeting to discuss the issue of Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems under the framework of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. In the context of increasing autonomy in weapons systems and the fast pace of technological development, states must urgently draw a line, through new international law, to ensure that meaningful human control is retained in the use of force. This new discussion paper from Article 36 considers how national... Read more

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

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Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

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Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

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New technologies

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Article 36 science and technology statement at the UN CCW Meeting of High Contracting Part...

November 25, 2017  Comments are off

Meeting of High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons, Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, 22-24 November 2017 – Science and Technology Statement delivered by Richard Moyes Thank you Chair, The rapid pace of innovation and development across diverse areas of science and technology will have profound implications for our societies, and for our collective security. These innovations and developments can bring both benefits and risks. Whilst new technologies may provide benefits, novel or poorly... Read more

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

83 items

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

75 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

70 items

New technologies

Science, technology and weaponisation

26 items
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