We welcome the new Labour government and the commitments within its manifesto to strengthen the UK position on the world stage, using our  position within the UN to uphold human rights and international law. We are encouraged by the commitment to conduct a Strategic Defence Review within the first year of government. We are also excited to see yesterday’s announcement that the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology will expand to respond to the opportunities and challenges that new developments in AI present and ensure such technologies are safely developed and deployed.

In this spirit we hope the new government will fully engage with the start of treaty negotiations for an Autonomous Weapons Systems treaty when they begin at this year’s General Assembly.