We have three different areas of activities:
- â€˘ The first is to provide, on short notice and at the request of the catholic representatives, high quality expertise on specific topics currently under review at the UN.
- â—¦ Proximity to the needs of Ambassadors and Catholic representatives at the UN.
- â—¦ A trusted network of highly qualified institutions and professionals.
- â—¦ A functioning network of associates, able to deliver an expert report within 3 weeks
- â€˘ Our second field of activity is to commission reports from highly respected research institutes on topics deemed by the foundation as crucial to the ongoing international debate. Selected each year by the Board of the foundation, they also are intended to be relevant to current international events and forthcoming activities at the UN.
- â—¦ Topics relevant to international politics and in line with the agenda of the UN.
- â—¦ Capacity to pre-empt future dialogue.
- â—¦ Capacity to propose solutions.
- â—¦ Implementation and coordination among Catholic representatives through closed seminars at the UN.
- â—¦ Distribution of reports through the Caritas in Veritate Working Papers
- â€˘ Our third field of activity consists of preparing 'side events' at the UN done at the request of Catholic representatives, in order to give visibility and relevance to these topics at the UN.
- â—¦ Ensures a wider coverage of the positions taken by Catholic representatives.
- â—¦ Gives the opportunity to develop the understanding of the Catholic position on a specific point.
- â—¦ Gives Catholic representatives the possibility of bringing to Geneva world class experts to present or explain our position.
Special Event -- Mutual Contributions and Benefits: Integrating Migrants in Host Societies
Geneva 30 November 2017, 1 PM - 3 PM, Room XVII, Palais des Nations
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Side Event -- The Human Rights to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation
Geneva 14 September 2017, 1 PM - 3 PM, Room XXIV, Palais des Nations
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Side Event -- The Right to International Solidarity
Geneva 8 June 2017, 1 PM - 2:30 PM, Room IX, Palais des Nations
The Humanization of Robots and the Robotization of the Human Person
The Caritas in Veritate Foundation is pleased to present our nineth working paper. Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) are a relatively new subject of discussion at the United Nations. In this working paper we differentiate four types of robots: controlled, supervised, autonomous and innovative robots, thus making it possible to move forward by further restricting and clarifying what the usual terminology describes as â€śappropriateâ€ť or â€śmeaningfulâ€ť human supervision. In particular, innovative LAWS raise a variety of perplexing legal and ethical issues, since a machine is a complex set of circuits that can never become a truly morally responsible agent. Technical progress in the military field is advancing at a rapid pace. It has not been accompanied, however, by an ethical and legal framework capable of successfully facing the challenges of todayâ€™s world. Vital decisions, which must be taken by human persons, cannot be delegated to objects. From this point of view, LAWS and any form of highly innovative armed robots are a contradiction to this requirement.
While ways of intrusively augmenting the performance of soldiers have existed for a long time, it is the elimination of an absolute reference to the human nature that is once again problematic. Our overarching ethical criticism rests fundamentally on a dehumanization and de-responsibilization of the action of the human agent. Eventually, the difference between soldiers and their equipment is erased and they become equipment themselves. Effectively, they lose their freedom of decision. We need to be careful that augmentation does not transform soldiers into unconscientious â€ścyber puppetsâ€ť.
One of the objectives of this publication is to provoke a debate to develop an informed position in order to establish a common understanding of LAWS and augmented soldiers since they have implications and consequences on the entire human family. Therefore, the â€śethical check listâ€ť outlined in this paper could be food for thought. This profound attention to the human person, this respect for his/her own limitations, considered as assets, could lead to the establishment of a framework underpinning future discussions concerning the evaluation of these new military technologies, without disregarding those advances in science and technology that could guarantee health, well-being and peace.