Science, technology and weaponisation

Innovations and developments in diverse areas of science and technology, from neurotechnology to new materials, and from information technologies to nanotechnologies, have the potential for significant and diverse impacts on human society, which bring both benefits and risks.
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Autonomous weapons: targeting people should be prohibited

November 13, 2019  
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Autonomous weapons systems (AWS) raise fundamental ethical concerns. Especially the direct targeting of human beings has been widely criticized as inhumane and an affront to human dignity. On the occasion of the Meeting of High Contracting Parties to the Convention... Read more

Envisioning sustainable security – The evolving story of Science and Technology in ...

October 21, 2019  
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In his Agenda for Disarmament: Securing our Common Future, presented in 2018, the UN Secretary-General underlined the ‘need to establish a clear and credible vision for sustainable security’. He stressed that our concept of security must ensure the protection of... Read more

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

August 2, 2019  
'Target profiles' as a basis for rules relating to autonomy in weapons systems

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,... Read more

Swarms: networked, mobile, and autonomous

June 17, 2019

Article 36 statement on human control to the UN disc...

March 28, 2019

Hypersonic weapons: a threat to our common security

March 12, 2019

Science, technology and weaponisation: addressing de...

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