In 2016, the Fifth Review Conference of the High Contracting Parties to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) established a 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 2017 Meeting, the High Contracting Parties to the CCW agreed that the GGE on LAWS shall meet again in 2018 for a duration of ten days in Geneva. The first meeting of the GGE on LAWS will take place from 9 to 13 April. The second meeting is foreseen for 27 to 31 August 2018. Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill of India is the chair of both meetings of the GGE on LAWS.
The final report of the 2017 meeting of the GGE on LAWS, particularly the "Conclusions and Recommendations" section, provides guidance and direction for the work of the GGE to be undertaken in 2018.
The overarching issues in the area of LAWS that will be addressed in the 2018 meetings of the GGE include:
Provisional Programme of Work
Letter from the Chairperson of the Group of Governmental Experts related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), dated 10 January 2018
- Characterization of the systems under consideration in order to promote a common understanding on concepts and characteristics relevant to the objectives and purposes of the CCW;
- Further consideration of the human element in the use of lethal force; aspects of human-machine interaction in the development, deployment and use of emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems;
- Review of potential military applications of related technologies in the context of the Group’s work;
- Possible options for addressing the humanitarian and international security challenges posed by emerging technologies in the area of LAWS in the context of the objectives and purposes of the Convention without prejudging policy outcomes and taking into account past, present and future proposals.
The Chair of the CCW GGE on LAWS would like to invite ALL non-governmental actors to contribute reflections, ideas, insights and experiences to enrich the April and August deliberations of governmental experts. Please refer to the newly released programme and agenda to frame your contribution(s).
You may submit contributions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration of participants
All participants to the meeting must be properly registered.
Individuals who do not have a valid United Nations grounds pass
need to register through the INDICO
platform (self-registration). A note verbale (for High Contracting Parties and signatory States) 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 should list the full names, titles and functions of the members of the delegation and indicate clearly the head of the delegation. The registration process is automated. Once the registration is received, it will be reviewed and an automated response will be sent. Please find more detailed instructions on how to register in Indico here
For individuals with a valid United Nations grounds pass
(members of Permanent Missions, etc.) registration in Indico is not necessary. Permanent Missions however need to send a 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 the delegation should be indicated clearly.
Once participants are registered and approved by the system, their profile will remain and they will only have to update it if needed.
Please note that participants will have to attach a scanned copy of their passport or national identification card and the note verbale or letter, including their name on the list of the delegation, as a mandatory document when registering on-line.
If the requested documents are not attached, the system will reject the application.
A user guide is available for reference.
Once the application has been approved in Indico, you will receive via e-mail an e-ticket / QR code.
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.
The registration will be closed in Indico by 4 April 2018. Notes verbales are also to be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 April 2018.
Delegations from States and international organisations can collect their passes as from 12:00 on Friday 6 April 2018. Please bring a copy of the delegations’ letter or note verbale or the e-ticket / QR code received after your successful Indico registration, in order to speed up the process.
NGO representatives can collect their badges in person from 08:00 on Monday 9 April 2018. A valid passport or national identification card will have to be produced along with the confirmation from Indico. Only representatives who have registered online and whose names have been properly included in the letter submitted in Indico will be granted an access badge.
Please note that due to structural space limitations, non-Member State delegations would need to limit their presence inside Conference room(s) to no more than four persons in Room XVIII and one person in Room XXIII and XXIV, possibly two persons if space allows.
- Non-Aligned Movement and Other States Parties to the CCW
- Argentina (courtesy translation in English
- United States of America
- International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
- Russian Federation (courtesy translation in English
Contributions from non-governmental actors
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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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