Destroyed school in Syria

The Safe Schools Declaration process: reflections for future international commitments

August 5, 2019  Comments are off

The process to agree the Safe Schools Declaration (SSD), and subsequent work to universalise and implement it, could have useful lessons for planning around the upcoming process to agree a political declaration on protecting civilians from the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, which is expected to commence in 2019. The format of the SSD process, the ways of working, and the decisions that states, the global coalition of civil society and international organisations faced... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

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Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

89 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

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New technologies

Science, technology and weaponisation

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The Disarmament Impact Group’s gendered nuclear politics

February 7, 2019  Comments are off

Last month, the International Gender Champions Disarmament Impact Group published the ‘Gender & Disarmament Resource Pack for Multilateral Practitioners’. This short document, in its own words, ‘includes basic information on gender equality and its relevance to arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament, as well as practical ideas that can support diplomats in applying a gender lens to their work’. Through its publication, the authors wish to ‘contribute to the goal of achieving gender equality in multilateral... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

86 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

89 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

78 items

New technologies

Science, technology and weaponisation

34 items

‘Target profiles’ as a basis for rules relating to autonomy in weapons systems

August 2, 2019  Comments are off

A new discussion paper argues that ‘target profiles’ can provide a basis for developing rules to preserve ethical standards and enable meaningful human control over systems that apply force on the basis of sensors. All systems that, during their use, independently identify and then strike targets must use target profiles, which are the set of conditions under which such a system will apply force. They are a technical necessity for the functioning of such systems,... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

86 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

89 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

78 items

New technologies

Science, technology and weaponisation

34 items

Swarms: networked, mobile, and autonomous

June 17, 2019  Comments are off

Article 36’s recent bulletin on swarms, the latest in our Science, Technology and Weaponization series, summarises the reported military advances in swarming technologies as well as recent policy commentary on the topic and areas of concern. Inspired by swarms of insects, flocks of birds and shoals of fish, ‘swarming’ as a military tactic can be traced back centuries. More recently, technological advances have enabled the pursuit of swarms in the form of networked, mobile, autonomous... Read more

Explosive Weapons

Cause of devastating harm to civilians

86 items

Nuclear Weapons

It’s time we changed the rules

89 items

Autonomous weapons

Killing by machine

78 items

New technologies

Science, technology and weaponisation

34 items
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