UNICRI - United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute

10/17/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 10/17/2019 03:49

Technology and Security: Enhancing Knowledge about Advances in Science and Technology to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction Geneva (Palais des Nations), 17 October 2019

Geneva (Palais des Nations), 17 October 2019. On 16-17 September 2019, UNICRI, in partnership with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and in cooperation with the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Global Coordination Compact - Working Group on Emerging Threats and Critical Infrastructure Protection, organized an expert workshop at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

The meeting gathered experts from governments, academia and international organizations who discussed risk scenarios associated with weapons of mass destruction WMD-relevant advances in science and technology.

In particular, the workshop focused on the following topics: misuse of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones); AI-powered cyber-attacks; misuse of synthetic biology, including gene-editing technologies; and misuse of additive manufacturing.

Participants were asked to consider a number of specific aspects related to the occurrence of each risk scenario such as: its technological feasibility over time, its required capabilities (i.e. skills, knowledge, resources, equipment, etc.); and its practicability from a perpetrator's point of view.

The event was part of a series of UNICRI workshops organized by the UNICRI Knowledge Center Security Improvements, through Research, Technology and Innovation (SIRIO) in Geneva.