The Application and Impact of Artificial Intelligence Beyond Weapons (Publication Launch)

Hybrid, New York and Online
16 October 2023
The Application and Impact of Artificial Intelligence Beyond Weapons (Publication Launch)

Within the United Nations, the application of artificial intelligence (AI) in the military domain has been, to-date, primarily discussed in the context of the United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS). However, the application of AI within the military domain extends beyond the issue of LAWS.

In the midst of discussions and debates around the opportunities and risks of AI, governance of AI, responsible use of AI employed for military purposes, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) has undertaken research aiming to increase understanding on the role of AI in the execution of military tasks beyond applications relating to the use of force and the narrow tasks of target selection and target engagement within the targeting process.

UNIDIR is pleased to invite you to this event seeking to raise awareness on AI capabilities relating to non-lethal military tasks, to discuss existing and future AI capabilities, the impact of their application to military tasks, and to bridge gaps in existing conversations regarding the use of AI for military purposes.

This event also launches UNIDIR’s new report on the topic: “Artificial Intelligence in the Military: The Application and Impact of Artificial Intelligence Beyond Weapons.”


Opening remarks:

  • Robin Geiss, Director, UNIDIR


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


  • Reto Wollenmann, Deputy Head Section Arms Control, Disarmament and Cybersecurity, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Beyza Unal, Head of Science and Technology Unit, UNODA
  • Andrew Lohn, Senior Fellow, Georgetown’s Center for Security and Emerging Technology (CSET)
  • Sarah Grand-Clément, Researcher, UNIDIR


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


Monday 16 October 202313:15 – 14:30 EDT.

Hybrid format – Conference Room 8United Nations HeadquartersNew York and online.

Light lunch will be provided to the participants attending in person.

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


Please register by completing this form: The link to the event will be sent out to registered participants only.


We welcome representatives from 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.

For any questions or further queries please contact the UNIDIR Security and Technology Programme (