The Conference on Disarmament today heard a statement by its Acting Secretary-General, Michael Møller, as well as presentations…by France on the work of the informal expert meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems…
FRANCE, presenting information on the informal expert meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems within the context of the Convention on Conventional Weapons, said there were 30 statements in the general debate, 24 statements in the closing debate, and many statements made during the technical sessions. This had demonstrated the interest in the emerging topic of lethal autonomous weapons systems. Many delegations were only just starting to work on this topic and the meetings had allowed an in-depth discussion about it. The atmosphere was very constructive, showing the desire of all to learn more about this topic. There were noted debates on the concepts of autonomy, human control and responsibility. More in-depth consideration of these issues was needed. There was also a debate on international humanitarian law. The importance of the Convention on Conventional Weapons was underlined. This was the first meeting that allowed participants to exchange views on technical, judicial, ethical and military aspects of lethal autonomous weapons systems. The report reflected the discussions in an objective manner and did not contain any recommendations.
Source: UNOG UN