In 2016, the Fifth Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) established an open-ended Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). The GEE held its first meeting from 13 to 17 November 2017 in Geneva.
At their 2018 Meeting, the High Contracting Parties to the CCW agreed that the GGE on LAWS shall meet again in 2019 for a duration of seven days in Geneva. The first part of the session of the GGE on LAWS in 2019 took place from 25 to 29 March. The second part of the session will take place from 20 to 21 August 2019.
As decided by the High Contracting Parties to the CCW at their 2018 Meeting, the Group is chaired by Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski, Minister Counsellor, Chargé d’affaires a.i. of North Macedonia.
CCW/GGE.1/2019/3 - Report of the 2019 session of the Group of Governmental Experts on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems
CCW/GGE.1/2019/1 - Provisional agenda submitted by the Chairperson
Chairperson's letter on the Provisional Agenda
CCW/GGE.1/2019/2 - Provisional Programme of Work submitted by the Chairperson
Chairperson's letter on the Provisional Programme of Work
Provisional List of Participants
Agenda, as adopted
Programme of work, as adopted
CCW/GGE.1/2019/3/Add.1 - Chair's summary
Registration of participants
- All participants to the meetings must be properly registered.
- High Contracting Parties and States signatories wishing to participate in the meetings should send, through their Permanent Missions, a letter or note verbale to the CCW mailbox (email@example.com) informing of their participation and listing the full names and titles of the members of the delegation. The head of delegation should be clearly indicated. All of the above also applies to States which are neither High Contracting Parties nor signatories to the Convention and which may participate in the meetings as observers. A note verbale has to be submitted even if all listed delegates already dispose of a valid UN grounds pass for the Palais des Nations.
- International organizations may participate in the meetings as observer agencies. A letter or note verbale should be addressed to the UNODA Geneva Branch informing of their participation and listing the full names and titles of the members of the delegation. The head of delegation should be clearly indicated.
- NGOs and academic institutions may designate representatives to attend public sessions of the meetings. A letter or note verbale on the official letterhead of the organization should be addressed to the UNODA Geneva Branch requesting participation and listing the full names and titles of the representatives who will attend. A mission statement or summary of work of the organization is also to be provided. In addition, NGOs and academic institutions that have not previously attended a CCW meeting should indicate previous interactions between the organization and the United Nations in relation to disarmament and non-proliferation issues.
ACCESS TO THE PALAIS DES NATIONS
- All registration letters or notes verbales should reach the UNODA Geneva Branch no later than 13 August 2019, either by regular mail or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org),
- A valid UN grounds pass (issued either by the United Nations Office at Geneva or the United Nations Headquarters in New York) is required for entry into the Palais des Nations.
- Participants already possessing a valid United Nations grounds pass, do not need to undertake any further steps and may proceed directly to the meeting room (Room XVII) on Tuesday 20 August 2019. As mentioned above, delegations which consist only of members with valid UN grounds pass are still requested to submit a Note Verbale or official letter.
- Participants who do not dispose of a United Nations grounds pass (e.g. participants from capitals) need to register through the INDICO platform (self-registration) before 13 August 2019 at https://reg.unog.ch/event/27743/.
- A detailed user guide and FAQ on the Indico registration are available for reference. For technical questions, such as the non-receipt of confirmation of the account creation or non-receipt of the QR code, please contact directly email@example.com.
- Participants who do not yet dispose of an Indico account, need to first create a new account. An automated message confirming the account creation will be sent to the registrant by the system.
- Once the account is created, the participant needs to register for the GGE LAWS August meeting in a second step. Persons who already dispose of an Indico account can register directly for the GGE LAWS meeting.
- The following is necessary to complete the registration process in Indico:
- A SIGNED note verbale (for High Contracting Parties, Signatory States, Observer States and international organizations) or a letter on the official letterhead of the organization (for international organizations, NGOs and academic institutions) needs to be attached to the Indico registration. The note verbale/letter has to list the full names, titles and functions of the members of the delegation and indicate clearly the head of the delegation. NGOs and academic institutions should also attach a mission statement or summary of work of the organization to their letter. NGOs and academic institutions that have not previously attended a CCW meeting should indicate previous interactions between the organization and the United Nations in relation to disarmament and non-proliferation issues as applicable. Without the submission of a note verbale or signed letter, the registration process can’t be completed.
- Once the registration is received, it will be reviewed and if approved an automated response will be sent to the registrant. Letters which are submitted without signature can’t be accepted by the Secretariat and the registration will be rejected. Once the application has been approved in Indico, an e-ticket / QR code will be sent to the participant via e-mail, which needs to presented when the badge is collected at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations.
- Only representatives who have registered online and whose names have been properly included in the note verbale/letter submitted in Indico will be granted an access badge to the Palais des Nations as per UN rules and regulations.
- Grounds passes valid for the duration of the Meeting will be available for collection from the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations. Participants are advised to come to the Pregny Gate well in advance to allow enough time for security checks.
- Delegations from States and international organisations can collect their passes as from 12:00 on Friday 16 August 2019. Please bring a copy of the delegations’ letter or note verbale and the e-ticket / QR code received after successful Indico registration, in order to speed up the process.
- Civil society representatives can collect their badges in person from 08:00 on Tuesday 20 August 2019. A valid passport or national identification card will have to be produced along with the e-ticket / QR code from Indico.
Contributions from non-governmental actors
- For security reasons, the identification badge must be worn and visible to UN Security staff at all times while visiting the Palais des Nations.
- ICT4 Peace Foundation, Regina Surber, Scientific Advisor - Artificial Intelligence: Autonomous Technology (AT), Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) and Peace Time Threats
- ICT4 Peace Foundation - Digital Human Security 2020
EXEDEC International, Caitríona Heinl - Maturing Autonomous Cyber Weapons Systems: Implications for International Security Cyber and Autonomous Weapons Systems Regimes
The Canberra Working Group - Guiding Principles for the Development and Use of LAWS Version 1.0
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Who can participate in a CCW GGE? The CCW GGE on LAWS is not the same as a GGE established under the General Assembly. The GGE on LAWS is open to all High Contracting Parties and States non-parties (which may participate as observers) of the CCW, international organizations and non-governmental organizations, as per the CCW Rules of Procedure.
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