The First Committee deals with disarmament, global challenges and threats to peace that affect the international community and seeks out solutions to the challenges in the international security regime.
DISEC considers all disarmament and international security matters within the scope of the Charter or relating to the powers and functions of any other organ of the United Nations; the general principles of cooperation in the maintenance of international peace and security, as well as principles governing disarmament and the regulation of armaments; promotion of cooperative arrangements and measures aimed at strengthening stability through lower levels of armaments.
The Committee works in close cooperation with the United Nations Disarmament Commission and the Geneva-based Conference on Disarmament. It is the only Main Committee of the General Assembly entitled to verbatim records coverage.
Agenda Item: “Assessing the Risks of Weaponizing Increasingly Autonomous Technologies”
Summary of the Agenda Item
The rapid development of artificial intelligence systems adds layers to the ever-growing complexity of security challenges. AI has already been incorporated into naval, aerial, and terrain vehicle systems. It has even been utilized to produce collateral-damage estimations, to completely automate personnel and equipment systems, as well as to deploy fire-and-forget missile systems. Yet, these systems present themselves as a double-edged sword, whereby key challenges emerge alongside their opportunistic strengths. Delegates will have to assess the ethical, legal, strategic, and policy considerations of these increasingly automated systems and their implications on the future of humanity. Moreover, delegates should be encouraged to form parameters and laws that control the ‘untamed’ use of artificial intelligence and minimize civilian casualties.