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On June 1, an organizational session of the UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on security issues in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and ICT 2021-2025 took place, created on the Russian initiative in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution No. 75/240.

The Group’s mandate envisages as a priority the continuation of the further development of norms, rules and principles of responsible behavior of states in the information space and ways of their implementation, if necessary, amending them or formulating additional rules of conduct; consideration of state initiatives aimed at ensuring security in the use of ICT; and organizing, under the auspices of the United Nations, a regular institutional dialogue with a wide range of participating States. In addition, the OEWG aims to continue to develop a common understanding of the study of existing and potential threats in the field of information security, including data security, and possible joint measures to prevent and counter them, as well as a common understanding of how international law applies to the use of ICT by states. , confidence-building measures and capacity building.

During the meeting, the key modalities of the Group’s activities were agreed by consensus. Permanent Representative of Singapore to the UN in New York B. Ghafoor was elected its chairman. The OEWG agenda and rules of procedure were approved, including the method of decision-making by consensus. The chairman plans to agree on other organizational issues in the framework of broad consultations with the UN Member States and approve them at the first substantive session of the Group (New York, December 13-17, 2021).

The event was held in a constructive atmosphere and continued the effective work of global cyber diplomacy: the adoption of the final reports of the first UN OEWG on International Information Security (IIB) and the relevant Group of Governmental Experts, as well as the launch of the Ad Hoc Committee to develop under the auspices of the UN a universal international convention on countering the use of ICT for criminal purposes …

All participants of the session agreed on the assessment of the OEWG as a demanded and promising format for continuing the discussion within the UN framework of issues of ensuring IIB. The states supported the Russian vision of the Group’s activities based on the principles of universality, openness, transparency and democracy, as well as focus on achieving practical results.

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