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Wednesday, December 20 • 17:20 - 18:20
What are future scenarios for the global cooperation in cybersecurity field? (WS182)

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Proposer's Name: Ms. Qendresa Hoxha
Proposer's Organization: Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs 
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Laura Crespo
Co-Proposer's Organization: Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Ms.,Qendresa,HOXHA,Government,Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Ms., Laura,CRESPO,Government,Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Session Format: Panel - 60 Min

Country: Switzerland
Stakeholder Group: Government


  1. Adrian Perrig, Director Network Security Program, ETH Zurich
  2. Alexander Klimburg, Program Director, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace
  3. Ambassador Frank Grütter, Head of the Division for Security Policy, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland, UNGGE 2016-2017 Expert
  4. Katherine W. Getao, ICT Secretary, Ministry of Information and Communication and Thchnology of Kenya, UNGGE 2016-2017 Expert
  5. Elina Noor, Director Foreign Policy and Security Studies, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia
  6. Belisario Contreras, Cybersecurity Program Manager, Organization of American States (OAS)

Content of the Session:
UNGGE and norm building - future global arrangements in cybersecurity field?

The aim of this Session is to discuss global arrangements in the field of cybersecurity. Through international cooperation we can achieve our common global goal of an open, free and secure cyberspace. In order for this cooperation to function in a realm that is characterized by uncertainty and mistrust, a framework providing a set of common rules is needed. Since 2004 the UN General Assembly has mandated Groups of Governmental Experts (UNGGE) on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security. The UNGGE has made considerable progress on establishing certain international standards with its reports in 2013 and 2015. These reports state that international law is applicable in cyberspace and provide recommendations for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace.

The UNGGE 2016-2017 was expected to clarify how international law applies and how the recommendations can be implemented in practice. The inability of the UNGGE 2016-2017 to reach consensus on a further report has raised many questions. What does this development mean for international cybersecurity? Is it time to think of new formats for global cooperation in cybersecurity? Where should discussions on norms, rules and principles for responsible behaviour in cyberspace be held? Where should the priorities lie? Are there any technical solutions that could help manage the many challenges we face?

The IGF with its Multi-Stakeholder environment provides an excellent opportunity to explore these questions. During this workshop panellists will reflect on international cybersecurity from different points of view.

Intended agenda:

1. Opening Remarks and Introduction

2. Panel Discussion answering the following questions:

- How can technology help us?

- Evolution or Innovation? - The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace

- Which new formats and new scenarios for global cooperation in the cybersecurity field?

- UNGGE 2016-2017: What does the inability to adopt a consensus report mean for international cybersecurity?

- The applicability of international law in cyberspace: Do we need more rules?

- How can regional organisations contribute to a free, open and secure cyberspace?

3. Q&A


Session Organizers

Wednesday December 20, 2017 17:20 - 18:20 CET
Room XXVII - E United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG)