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2017 Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

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The 2016 Fifth Review Conference decided to establish a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS). The decision was the following:

"To establish an open-ended Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS) in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention, which shall meet for a period of ten days in 2017, adhering to the agreed recommendations contained in document CCW/CONF.V/2, and to submit a report to the 2017 Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention consistent with those recommendations.

The GGE will hold its first session from 24 to 28 April 2017 Provided that all of the financial and budgetary conditions are met by 1 March 2017. or from 21 to 25 August 2017, In case the meeting scheduled for 24-28 April 2017 could not be convened. and its second session from 13 to 17 November 2017 in Geneva.

The GGE will be chaired by Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill of India."

The GGE will now take place from 13 to 17 November 2017.

The following documents have been submitted by the Chairperson to assist delegations with their preparations for the GGE:

Advanced version - Provisional Agenda

Advanced version - Provisional Programme of Work

Advanced version - Food-for-thought Paper

Who can participate in a CCW GGE? A CCW GGE is not the same as a GGE established under the General Assembly. It is open to all High Contracting Parties and non-States parties, international organisations and non-governmental organisations.