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Public-Private Cooperation to Support Cybersecurity: Building a culture of trust in ICTs across the Information Society


Luncheon side event on the occasion of
the convening of the Group of Government Experts

The Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations
The Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations

21st Century Fox, AT&T, Google, Intel, Microsoft, and Verisign

 are pleased to invite you to an

Informal Discussion and Information Sharing Session on
Public-Private Cooperation to Support Cybersecurity:
Building a culture of trust in ICTs across the Information Society

Key note address by Estonian Foreign Minister Marina Kaljurand and
addresses by the representatives of Mexican National Digital Strategy, Microsoft, Google, AT&T, and Verisign 

Monday, 29 August 2016, from 1:15 – 3 p.m.
Conference room 8 (United Nations Headquarters)

Please RSVP: Ms. Helen Rits (Permanent Mission of Estonia to the United Nations)
Tel:  1 646 514 0080
*Light lunch will be provided from 1:00pm

Information and communications technologies (ICTs) have a crucial role to play in enabling economic and social development, and are increasingly embedded in the fabric of our societies. The spread and use of these valuable technologies is not without certain risks, both to international peace and security as well as to the individual users of the technologies. The convening of the United Nations Group of Government Experts (GGE) in August 2016 will help continue the work of addressing these security concerns and ensuring the benefits of the use of ICTs continue to be felt among all societies.

In the 2015 report of the GGE, consensus was reached on norms, confidence-building measure, and principles as necessary tools to help guide the actions of States regarding their use of ICTs and to promote international security. As stated by the Secretary General of the United Nations in the forward to the 2015 report, “All States have a stake in making cyberspace more secure. Our efforts in this realm must uphold the global commitment to foster an open, safe, and peaceful Internet.”

The private sector remains an important contributor to international cybersecurity. As noted in the 2015 report, “While States have a primary responsibility for maintaining a secure and peaceful ICT environment, effective international cooperation would benefit from identifying mechanisms for the participation, as appropriate, of the private sector, academia, and civil society organizations.” The panel will seek to discuss the variety of ways that the private sector is currently participating alongside States on cybersecurity issues, and to explore new avenues for collaboration in favor of a secure and peaceful Internet that enables sustainable development.

The purpose of this session will be to bring together a diverse group of GGE delegates, Member States’ missions, and other stakeholder groups to discuss how policies and perspectives on public-private cooperation in cybersecurity can foster development and build trust in the Internet. Discussion will focus on how governments and business have been working together to foster security in ICTs, and ensure that benefits from the Information Society are maximized. The session will also consider the UNGA’s role and how these issues can be usefully considered within the context of the GGE’s 2016-2017 work.


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