The appeal calls for the negotiation of specific prohibitions and regulations to be concluded by 2026, and implores states to ‘take decisive action now to protect humanity.’
The majority of states involved in international discussions on autonomous weapons systems support the negotiation of new international rules for these systems. There is also much common ground among states on key issues of concern, but progress in discussions has been blocked by a small number of states. As the Secretary-General and the ICRC President note in their joint appeal, it is not too late for states to take action. States now have the opportunity to take a positive step towards the joint appeal’s call by voting for a historic resolution on autonomous weapons at the 78th United Nations General Assembly.
This post first appeared on Automated Decision Research, on 5 October 2023.