IGF 2019 Pre-Event #20
Strengthening the multi-stakeholder approach on international norms in cyberspace

Stiftung Neue Verantwortung e.V.


Organiser: EU Cyber Direct


Time: 25 November 2019, 10:35-12:35

Location: Estrel Saal A


The Project Team of EU Cyber Direct is hosting this event aimed at all stakeholders engaged in responsible normative behaviors in cyberspace to connect in advance of IGF to get to know each other’s work on the issues globally and look for common ground. 

The international discussion on norms of acceptable behaviour in cyberspace has been prominent in the last few years and the establishment of norms is being placed higher on the agenda of many international fora. While states remain the duty bearers for human rights and security, the digital domain has a myriad of actors with a specific interest in the domain, who have launched several initiatives to establish norms within and between stakeholder groups. At the United Nations the UN Group of Governmental Experts (UNGGE) has previously made a milestone 2015 consensus report on norms of state behaviour in cyberspace. In 2019 two processes were created at the UN to expand on this consensus through another UN Group of Governmental Experts and an Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) which has created broad participation opportunities.

The two processes at the UN do not exclude non-governmental stakeholders from playing a role in creating, implementing and observing norms. The two goals of this event are therefore to take stock on the current progress on multiple stakeholders approaches to responsible normative behavior and strengthen the multi-stakeholder dialogue on operationalization of norms by connecting stakeholders who work on those issues. This workshop intends to ask:

-           what roles do stakeholders play for the UN norms?

-           what actions are they currently taking in their role?

-           what roles can they play to guarantee a free, open and secure internet?

-           what tools and mechanisms could support them to take on a certain role?