Informal Multi-stakeholder Cyber Dialogue

4-10 December 2020

About the Informal Multi-stakeholder Cyber Dialogue

The objective of the Informal Multi-stakeholder Virtual Dialogue Series is to support the ongoing discussions at the UN Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on developments in the field of information and communication technology (ICT) in the context of international security. Taking place in a new virtual format, it is an informal event at the initiative of the multi-stakeholder community and a number of UN member states. The dialogue series is intended to complement the OEWG, but it is not a formal part of the OEWG process.

As a platform for dialogue between non-government organizations (NGOs), technical experts, civil society, the private sector and states, this series of thematic sessions aims to:

  • Collect non-governmental stakeholder perspectives on the UN Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) pre-draft, and
  • Create opportunities for in-depth dialogue between State and NGO communities on the themes of the OEWG.

Participation in the event is open to all interested stakeholders.

Sessions & Co-chairs

04 Dec - 13:00, UTC

International Law

  • Japan
  • Oxford University
07 Dec - 15:00, UTC

Rules, Norms and Principles

  • Canada
  • Global Partners Digital (GDP)
  • Microsoft
  • Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
08 Dec - 01:00, UTC

Existing and Emerging Threats

  • Australia
  • Indonesia
08 Dec - 12:00, UTC

Cyber policy capacity building agenda

  • Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa
  • EU Institute for Security Studies
  • Research ICT Africa
09 Dec - 13:00, UTC

Side Event: Gender approaches to cyber security

  • Women's International League for Peace and
    Freedom (WILPF)
  • Canada
  • Chile
09 Dec - 15:00, UTC

Regular Institutional Dialogue

  • France
  • Egypt
  • Women's International League for Peace and
    Freedom (WILPF)
  • Kaspersky
10 Dec - 13:00, UTC

Confidence Building Measures

  • Hungary
  • Chile
  • Derechos Digitales


The sessions are open to all. Governments, Industry and Civil Society are invited to register to submit expressions of interest to deliver comments or just participate in the meeting.

Speakers will be selected to ensure diversity and equal geographical representation. They will be contacted directly by the chairs of each session. Written submissions are welcomed, and they will be made available on this website.

Participants will have the opportunity to interact with presenters and Chairs by asking questions and making comments during the Q&A part of the session.

The session will also be live-streamed on this website for those who do not register (with the ability to interact with presenters and other participants via chat).


Relevant documentation

Rules, Norms and Principles

Microsoft’s submission to the OEWG, see norms proposals on p. 4-6

pdf • 259 KB

Joint civil society statement at First Substantive Session (2019)


Joint statement at UN First Committee (2019)

pdf • 71.2 KB

Joint civil society statement at Second Substantive Session (2020)


Joint statement at UN First Committee (2020)

pdf • 85.1 KB

Joint civil society input on the pre-draft (2020)

pdf • 142 KB

Joint civil society feedback on norm implementation (2020)

pdf • 310 KB

Updated norms guidance text with NAM, ROK, UK, FR, CRO, FIN, SLO, AUS, CZ, SIN, EST, JP, KAZ, US (additions 30 November 2020)

docx • 27.2 KB

Group of Governmental Experts on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security

pdf • 333 KB

ELAC - First Oxford Statement - Healthcare Sector

pdf • 338 KB

ELAC - Second Oxford Statement - Safeguarding Vaccine Research

pdf • 254 KB

ELAC - Third Oxford Statement - Foreign Electoral Interference

pdf • 282 KB

A human-centric approach to international cybernorms: Civil society feedback on the UN Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs proposals


Canada’s implementation of the 2015 GGE norms

pdf • 397 KB

[CENS-RSIS] Submission to the OEWG Dialogue Series

pdf • 481 KB


pdf • 646 KB

Critical Infrastructure and Offensive Cyber Operations: An ICT4Peace Call to Governments , ICT4Peace Foundation

pdf • 196 KB

ICT4Peace Proposed “States Cyber Peer Review Mechanism”

pdf • 138 KB

ICT4Peace Chairs Pre-draft

pdf • 132 KB

Regular Institutional Dialogue

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