ICTs in the Context of International Peace and Security: Current Conditions and Future Approaches

11 October 2017, New York, USA

Reports issued in recent years by the United Nations Groups of Governmental Experts (GGEs) on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security have significantly altered the political landscape for international cooperation on security issues in cyberspace. The 2015 GGE report set the international normative agenda on this topic and in resolution 70/237, the UN General Assembly called on States to be guided in their use of ICTs by the 2015 report.

However, the most recent GGE concluded its work in June without reaching consensus. As Member States will need to consider how best to build upon the 2015 GGE report in order to promote a peaceful, stable and secure cyber environment for all nations, this year’s conference is an opportunity to take stock and consider next steps for enhancing cyber stability at the international level.

Invited experts will focus on topics such as:

  • the state of First Committee discussions on cyber issues related to international peace and security;
  • exploring divisions in interpretation of relevant international law; and
  • considering the ways ahead at the international level.

Support from UNIDIR's core funders provides the foundation for all of the Institute's activities.
In addition, dedicated project funding was received from Germany and Switzerland.

Speaker(s): Belisario Contreras, Duncan Hollis, Pavel Karasev, Camino Kavanagh, Jim Lewis, Patricia Lewis, Elina Noor, Arun Mohan Sukumar.

This conference is part of the project Annual Cyber Stability Conference