Killer Robots Event
ISC became an official member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
In 2020, the International Student Conference (ISC) became an official member of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, a global coalition of international, regional, and national non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that is working to preemptively ban fully autonomous weapons. The Campaign gathers civil society and youth groups like ISC to give activists a voice and generate pressure on governments to ban these autonomous weapons.
As a mark of our collaboration, ISC and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots are organizing the first-ever Virtual Global Youth Conference on Fully Autonomous Weapons on December 12, 2020. Youth representatives from over 20 countries will gather in a dialogue with representatives from the Japanese government and the United Nations in December 2020, with the aim of convincing Japan to adopt a firm stance against killer robots.
Just being at this event sends a strong message to the Japanese government to Stop Killer Robots!
NHK Covering Killer Robot Event
On July 11th, 2021, NHK (Japan’s only public broadcaster) broadcasted parts of the Global Youth Conference on Fully Autonomous Weapons that was co-held by ISC and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots on December 12, 2020, as well as our subsequent visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan.
The program firstly covered the speeches by the youth speakers from the United Kingdom and the Philippines at the Global Youth Conference of Fully Autonomous Weapons in December 2020. The following scene showed ISC representatives visiting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan to submit the policy proposal as the final outcome of the conference to a high-level official in January 2021. They particularly highlighted Ms. Aline Sauvegrain Tanabe’s request that the Japanese government actively take action regarding killer robots.