Discussion is ongoing about whether new international laws are needed to prevent the development of autonomous weapons, or robots, which could kill without human intervention.
A recent special session of the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons ended with considerable agreement on the need for further debate, but no consensus on what else is needed and how soon, reported the World Council of Churches (WCC). Several countries and organisations, such as the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, have called for negotiations on a pre-emptive ban of autonomous weapons.
An interfaith statement supporting a ban was circulated by the WCC before the meeting. The WCC Assembly in South Korea in 2013 called for a pre-emptive ban on autonomous weapons.
See the WCC website for a report of the meeting.
Texts and presentations from the meeting are available on the UN Office at Geneva website.