On 2 November 2021, United Nations Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes published a call for applications for organisations wishing to participate in the Committee. According to UN General Assembly resolution 75/282 adopted in May 2021, the Ad Hoc Committee will welcome the participation of: “representatives of non-governmental organizations that are in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council”. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will also oversee the selection of a list of representatives of other relevant non-governmental organizations, civil society organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector, with expertise in the field of cybercrime. Interested stakeholders can apply here; the deadline for self-nomination is midnight on 1st December 2021 (EDT).

Several UN member states have submitted positions related to the first session of the Ad Hoc committee that will take place on 17-28 January 2022, including Australia, Canada, and the European Union. The full list can be found here.