In the first half of 2021, two United Nations (UN) processes successfully concluded with the adoption of two consensus reports, which re-affirmed the framework for the responsible behaviour of states in cyberspace. The adoption of the reports by the GGE 2019/2021 and the OEWG 2019/2021, re-affirmed the framework for the responsible behaviour of states in cyberspace. But where do we go from here? How can we ensure these agreements are respected and implemented, and how can the multistakeholder community play an active role?
In an effort to build on the December 2020 and February 2021 Let’s Talk Cyber multistakeholder discussions and to mark the re-launch of our new multistakeholder engagement website, letsalkcyber.org, on 3 November 2021 the LetsTalkCyber initative hosted a virtual session titled: “Responsible state behaviour in cyberspace at the United Nations: How can the multistakeholder community ensure that existing agreements become a reality?“.
Moderated by Kaja Ciglic, Senior Director of Digital Diplomacy at Microsoft, our panel of experts from the multistakeholder community included:
- Consul General of Brazil in Mumbai, H.E. Guilherme Patriota, former Chair of the UNGGE on Advancing responsible State behaviour in cyberspace in the context of international security;
- Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in Geneva, H.E Jürg Lauber Permanent, Former Chair of the Open-ended working group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security;
- Dr Camino Kavanagh, Visiting Senior Fellow, Department of War Studies at King’s College London and Senior advisor to United Nations Department of Political Affairs on Digital Risk in Armed Conflict and its Conflict Prevention/Mediation & Digital Technologies;
- A video message from Johanna Weaver, Director of the Tech Policy Design Centre and Special Adviser to Australia's Ambassador for Cyber Affairs.