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Against the background of whipping up the international situation in the field of information security by certain states, the significant success of Russian diplomacy on March 12 of this year. The activities of the UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on achievements in the field of informatization and telecommunications in the context of international security, created on our initiative in 2018, ended.

All 193 UN member states supported the consensus on the adoption of the report summarizing the two-year work of the Group. At the same time, most of the participants noted the key role of Russia in organizing the negotiation process under the auspices of the UN in this format.

The report reflects in a balanced way the main elements of the discussions, and the topic of international information security (IIB) is correctly presented through the prism of the agenda of the First Committee of the UN General Assembly (issues of global peace and security).

The document enshrines the basic approaches promoted by Russia and its partners in the field of IIB – preventing conflicts in the information space, preventing its militarization and using information and communication technologies (ICT) exclusively for peaceful purposes. It also clearly confirms the agreements previously reached by the international community in this area on the rules, norms and principles of responsible behavior of states, recorded in the reports of the specialized groups of government experts (GGE) of the UN and expanded by the Russian General Assembly Resolution No. 73/27. This provides for the possibility of developing new rules and regulations, including those of a legally binding nature.

The report recognizes the political significance and practical usefulness of the OEWG and contains an important recommendation on the need to continue the negotiation process on IIB under the auspices of the UN within the framework of this mechanism in the next five years. In addition, it is in it that the consideration of all profile initiatives of states will be concentrated.

In parallel with the final document of the OEWG, its Swiss chairman J. Lauber circulated his own generalization of those elements of the discussions that require further elaboration in the future Group.

Such a successful completion of the activities of the OEWG broadcasts a positive signal about the desire of the international community to jointly solve the most pressing global problems and opens up broad prospects for ensuring an effective outcome of the current GGE (April-May of this year), the organizational session of the Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee of Experts of the open ended to develop a comprehensive the international convention on combating the use of ICT for criminal purposes (May this year), as well as creating a constructive atmosphere for the launch of the new OEWG (June this year).

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