France and Germany organized a ministerial meeting on September 23, 2022, on the occasion of the 77th high-level week of the United Nations General Assembly, on the theme “Shaping Global Cybersecurity: A Call for Action to Promote Responsible State Behavior and Capacity-Building”.
Alongside Catherine Colonna and Annalena Baerbock, the French and German Foreign Ministers, several ministers and civil society leaders took part in the Meeting.
The speakers were: Olta Xhaçka, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of Albania, Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Latvia, Ranko Krivokapic, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Montenegro, Wopke Hoekstra, Minister for of the Netherlands, Bujar Osmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs of North Macedonia, Aïssata Tall Sall, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Senegal, Tanja Fajon, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia, Kai Sauer, Undersecretary of State of Finland , Chris Painter, President of the Global Forum for Cyber Expertise, Luisa Parraguez Kobek, Professor of International Security, Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico). Representatives from Canada, Colombia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Republic of Korea, Republic of Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America and the European Union also participated in the meeting.
All participants agreed that the rules-based international order must be defended online and offline and that cybersecurity was one of the defining policy areas of our time.
The participants underlined that important work had been done within the framework of the United Nations in order to define rules that ensure security and stability in cyberspace. Nevertheless, they recognized that significant damage could still be caused by malicious cyber activities and that in response, it was essential to further develop and improve the rules. Furthermore, participants highlighted the need to build capacity and support the implementation of these rules across the world, as cyberspace knows no borders.
In this context, the States participating in the event “Shaping Global Cybersecurity” welcomed the proposal to establish a United Nations Program of Action to promote responsible State behavior in the use of information technologies. and Communication (ICT) in the context of international security, as a permanent, inclusive, action-oriented and results-oriented mechanism.
They insisted that this program of action should be designed to support States in their efforts to implement and advance commitments regarding the use of ICTs in the context of international security, in particular the framework for responsible behavior by States. They reiterated that the future Program of Action would also provide an inclusive and ongoing forum to discuss and further develop this framework, and to address emerging challenges related to the use of ICTs in the context of international security. The action program should also promote engagement and cooperation with relevant stakeholders.