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UN Security Council Arria-Formula Meeting on “the Impact of Emerging Technologies on International Peace and Security”
17 May 2021 -  Over the past years, the rapid development of emerging technologies (artificial intelligence (AI), digital technology, biotechnology, and material technology) has been constantly transforming traditional industries, promoting economic development, and improving production and human lives.
The Security Council, as the UN body which has the primary responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security, should pay more attention to the impact of emerging technologies on the issues being addressed on its agenda, especially peacekeeping, counter-terrorism, and non-proliferation.
The meeting aims to deepen understanding of emerging technologies and call on the international community to strengthen discussion and coordination on their development and application. It is also designed to raise awareness of the impacts of emerging technologies on international peace and security, and call for efforts to prevent and mitigate the potential risks and conflicts caused by the application of emerging technologies.
Ms. Izumi Nakamitsu, UN Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs
Ms. Maria Francesca Spatolisano, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) and Officer in Charge, Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Technology
Dr. Vincent Boulanin, Senior Researcher, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)
Security Council Arria-Formula meeting organized by The Permanent Missions of the People’s Republic of China and the Arab Republic of Egypt, the Republic of Kenya, Mexico, the Republic of South Africa, the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations.