ISC and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots are organizing the first-ever Virtual Global Youth Conference on Fully Autonomous Weapons on December 12, 2020. Youth representatives from over 20 countries will gather in a dialogue with representatives from the Japanese government and the United Nations in December 2020, with the aim of convincing Japan to adopt a firm stance against killer robots.
Just being at this event sends a strong message to the Japanese government to stop killer robots!
All participants, especially youth, are welcome. This event will be mixed-language, with a focus on English and Japanese.
Register for the event now: https://bit.ly/2JBBqWF
Since multilateral discussions on fully autonomous weapons began in 2014, the call for such a legally binding instrument has been endorsed by dozens of states, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, 26 Nobel Peace laureates, hundreds of faith leaders, thousands of artificial intelligence and technology experts, and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots – a global coalition of more than 170 non-governmental organisations in 65 countries. And now, young leaders are speaking up too. Youth are the future coders, programmers, engineers, soldiers, diplomats, politicians, activists, and organizers who would face the consequences resulting from the use of killer robots. They also have the power to change the direction that governments and the private sector are taking with respect to emerging technologies in warfare and ensure that tech is used for the benefit of humanity, rather than its harm.
The ‘Global Youth Conference on Fully Autonomous Weapons’ will advance youth leadership in humanitarian disarmament by providing an avenue for youth to contribute to ongoing multilateral discussions on fully autonomous weapons. The conference will be the first global youth event convened on killer robots, and will provide an opportunity both for youth participants to learn about the issue and how it relates to global peace and security, and a platform for young leaders to call on their governments to take action.
This event will be convened by International Student Conference (ISC) – one of the oldest student-run organizations based in Tokyo, Japan – and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, and will be held virtually via Zoom Webinar on 12 December 2020 (18:30-20:45 JST).