Risks of AI (Report Launch)

Hybrid Event - New York and Online
17 October 2023
Risks of AI (Report Launch)

The risks of artificial intelligence (AI) to international peace and security have been a prominent topic of policy debate in recent years, including at the United Nations. Advances in AI, combined with its scalability and convergence with other technological domains have prompted numerous concerns about the trajectory of the technology and how to mitigate risks. However, the risks of AI technology remain insufficiently understood and explored. A clearer and shared understanding of risks is needed moving forward and to advance governance solutions.

This research report is part of the UNIDIR project on ‘Confidence-Building Measures for Artificial Intelligence’. The report elaborates a taxonomy of risks of AI in the context of international peace and security and provides a comprehensive overview of the main areas of risks of the technology, how risks are connected and how they may impact global security. The taxonomy of risks fills a gap in current conversations about AI and aims to provide a basis for multistakeholder engagements to explore pathways for the elaboration of CBMs.


Opening Remarks:

  • Robin Geiss, Director, UNIDIR
  • Robert in den Bosch, Disarmament Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Geneva


  • Lauren Kahn, Senior Research Analyst, Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET)
  • Ioana Puscas, Researcher, UNIDIR


  • Giacomo Persi Paoli, Head of Security and Technology Programme, UNIDIR


A recording of this event can be found our YouTube channel, and below.


17 October 202313:15-14:30 EDT.

Hybrid format – Conference Room 6United Nations HeadquartersNew York, and Online.

Light lunch will be provided from 12:45 to the participants attending in person.

If attending online, please consult this website to find your local time.


We welcome Member State delegations, as well as members of the multi-stakeholder community including industry, civil society, and intergovernmental organizations (ECOSOC status).

Please kindly note that UNIDIR is not able to grant access to the United Nations Headquarters for those who are not already in possession of the UN accreditation.


Please register here by Monday, 16 October 2023. You are kindly requested to specify if you will be attending in person or connecting remotely.

Early registrations are encouraged. For those joining online, the link to access the event will be provided by email to registered participants one day prior to the session.

For any questions, please contact the UNIDIR Security and Technology Programme (sectec-unidir@un.org).