CCW Treaty

U.S. Intervention at the Meeting of High Contracting Parties to CCW Protocol V on Explosive Remants of War

Mr. President, the United States has been a strong and steadfast supporter of international efforts to eradicate explosive remnants of war.

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CCW GGE Meeting on LAWS: U.S. Statement on the Way Forward

We support continued discussion of LAWS within the CCW and would support a continuation of the current GGE mandate next year.

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U.S. Statement at CCW GGE Meeting: Intervention on Appropriate Levels of Human Judgment over the Use of Force

Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) Intervention on Appropriate Levels of Human Judgment over the Use of Force delivered by John Cherry Geneva, November 15, 2016 Mr. Chair: We thank you for the “food for thought” paper that you circulated prior to this GGE […]

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U.S. Opening Statement at CCW Meeting of Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS)

The United States places great importance on the weapon review process in the development and acquisition of new weapon systems.

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Arms Control and International Security: Thematic Discussion on Conventional Weapons

The United States is a High Contracting Party to the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) and all of its Protocols. We view the CCW as an important instrument that has brought together States with diverse national security concerns.

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U.S. Opening Statement at the Fifth Review Conference of the Convention on Conventional Weapons (CCW)

The United States places great value in the Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) as an international humanitarian law (IHL) treaty framework that brings together States with diverse security interests to discuss issues related to weapons that may be deemed to be excessively injurious or to have indiscriminate effects.

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Ambassador Wood: Remarks at UNGA Thematic Discussion on Other Weapons of Mass Destruction

The United States shares the concerns that have been expressed by other UN Member States regarding the threat of chemical and biological terrorism.

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U.S. Opening Statement at the 18th Meeting of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II to the CCW

The 18th Conference of the High Contracting Parties to Amended Protocol II (Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps, and other Devices) to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects U.S. Delegation Opening […]

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U.S. Delegation Statement on “LAWS and Human Rights/Ethics”

The United States recognizes that it is important that the CCW discussions take up the moral or ethical issues related to the use of autonomous capabilities in weapon systems. However, we must be very clear in distinguishing between what constitute ethical considerations on the one hand and legal requirements on the other.

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U.S. Delegation Statement on “Weapons Review”

We would like to take this opportunity to share our views on what a comprehensive weapon review process should entail for weapons with autonomous functions. To be clear, when I refer to a weapon review process, I am referring to more than a legal review of a weapon system.

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