Work on autonomous weapon systems gets underway in 2023

On 20 February 2023, the Chair of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on autonomous weapons, held within the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), hosted a virtual informal consultation to prepare for the formal work of the GGE this year, which is set to begin on 4 March.

Later that week, the government of Costa Rica hosted a Latin American and Caribbean Conference on the Social and Humanitarian Impact of Autonomous Weapons, which adopted a communiqué calling for the commencement of negotiations on a legally binding treaty prohibiting and regulating these weapon systems.

Our first CCW Report of 2023 contains a report on the virtual consultations, a press release from Stop Killer Robots about the Costa Rica conference, and reprints of the communiqué in English and Spanish.