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Hello, its Kasmira and this week we'll be following the latest round of talks in Geneva on regulating autonomous weapons, or so-called "killer robots". As technology becomes more sophisticated, allowing weapons to become increasingly autonomous, many countries and advocacy groups are calling for a treaty to govern their use while others believe existing international humanitarian law is enough. The question this week is whether countries will be able to agree on a way forward.

Plus, WTO will be focused on rallying support for developing and least developed countries this week at its aid for trade event, and we're keeping a worrying tally after the WHO made monkeypox its third global health emergency.

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Kasmira Jefford


On our radar this week

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The opening session of the CCW review conference from 12-17 December, 2021. NGOs together with a growing number of countries have been calling for a new legal instrument to regulate autonomous weapons. (Credit: Kasmira Jefford)

🤖Autonomous weapons talks once again put to the test in Geneva. UN talks on autonomous weapon systems will restart in Geneva this week. It will be the last chance before a high-level meeting in November for countries to thrash out more concrete plans on how to govern their use. However, after eight years of deliberations, a big divide remains over whether a new legally-binding treaty – or non-legally binding rules – are needed for future regulation.

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Also on the agenda

📌27-29 July | Aid for Trade Review. Two years of Covid-19 and now the war in Ukraine have sent shockwaves across the world, further destabilising fragile economies. The WTO’s event on aid for trade, aimed at rallying donor support for developing and least developed countries, will focus this year on women's economic empowerment, digital connectivity and green sustainable development. Over 50 events at the trade organisation’s headquarters and online are being organised, with the likes of WTO, OECD, IMF and EBRD heads as speakers.


📌 1 August | A sport-filled 1 August. To celebrate the Swiss national holiday, the city of Geneva has chosen the UN Refugee Agency as this year’s host to honour the work that the organisation has been doing to tend to the refugee crisis in Europe. A wide range of activities, from yodel to beatbox workshops, parkour and hornuss, will take place at Park La Grange in the afternoon, followed by an official gathering, where Geneva city officials and UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi are set to speak.

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