UAS Declaration by the US State Department

UAS Declaration by the US State Department 29 August, 2016

The US is asking countries to sign onto a set of international norms for the sale and use of armed unmanned systems. The US State Department proposed to sign a global agreement regarding the use and export of armed UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) during meetings held with the delegates of various countries at the Arms Trade Treaty Conference in Geneva on 22-26 August. 

The declaration sent to various allied countries (titled Proposed Joint Declaration of Principles for the Export and Subsequent Use of Armed or Strike-Enabled Unmanned Aerial Systems) put forward five main subjects; commitment to existing arms control laws, dedication to human rights and international laws concerning the usage of armed UAS, pledge by recipient countries to abide by international obligations, necessary transparency measures to be taken by recipient countries and assurance that the UAS capabilities are transferred and used responsibly by all signatories.

While the list of the signatories is still undefined, it was stressed that this was a draft declaration and open to amendments.

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