IGF 2017 WS #182 What are future scenarios for the global cooperation in cybersecurity field?

Short Title: 
Future Scenarios for Global Cooperation in Cybersecurity

Proposer's Name: Ms. Qendresa Hoxha
Proposer's Organization: Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Co-Proposer's Name: Ms. Laura Crespo
Co-Proposer's Organization: Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Ms.,Qendresa,HOXHA,Government,Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
Ms., Laura,CRESPO,Government,Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs

Additional Speakers: 

Elina NOOR, Director, Foreign Policy and Security Studies, Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia

Katherine W. GETAO, ICT Secretary, Ministry of Information Communication and Technology of Kenya, UNGGE 2016-2017 Expert

Kerry-Ann Barrett, Cybersecurity Policy Specialist, Organization of American States (tbc)


1. Opening Remarks and Introduction

2. UNGGE 2016/2017: What does the inability to adopt a consensus report mean for international cybersecurity?

3. New formats and new scenarios for global cooperation in the cybersecurity field

4. Conclusions and Discussion

Session Format: Panel - 60 Min

Country: Switzerland
Stakeholder Group: Government

Country: Switzerland
Stakeholder Group: Government

Speaker: Frank Grütter
Speaker: Jovan Kurbalija
Speaker: Alexander Klimburg

Content of the Session:
UNGGE and norm building - future global arrangements in cybersecurity field?

Future cybersecurity arrangements have been in the focus of the UN GGE debate and other policy processes. UN GGE’s proposals (to be completed by September 2017) are likely to trigger discussion on implementation and next steps. This session will aim to discuss future global arrangements in the context of the UN GGE report, possibilities of implementation and other cybersecurity developments on regional and global levels.

Intended agenda:

1. Opening Remarks and Introduction

2. Achievements of the UNGGE 2016/2017: Presentation of the main elements of the report and How to implement the recommandations

3. Next steps - Future Scenarios for global cooperation in cybersecurity field

Relevance of the Session:
International cooperation is very important when it comes to providing a safe, secure and free cyberspace. Not only states need to cooperate among each other but also with private sector and tech companies. Each of these actors is needed in order to achieve this common goal.
The UNGGE has made important steps with its reports in 2013 and 2015 stating that international law is applicable in cyberspace and making important recommendations for cybersecurity. In its 2015 report, the GGE has asked UN Member States to give active consideration to its recommendations on how to build an open, secure, stable, accessible and peaceful ICT environment and underlines the importance of increased cooperation at regional levels. Indeed, while cybersecurity is of global concern, many effective solutions for stable and secure cyberspace can be achieved on regional levels and in cooperation with the private sector. The growing number of activities includes awareness building, training and information sharing among other confidence and capacity building measures.
The UNGGE is the only forum discussing norms of cybersecurity in the UN level and its work has gained the attention of states, private sector and tech companies alike. Security related questions, and cybersecurity developments affecting the global level of great importance for internet governance considerations. The IGF is a suitable opportunity to discuss how the future arrangements, including the private sector in cybersecurity field should develop. The tendencies in the cybersecurity field are a crucial part of all our digital future.

Tag 1: Cybersecurity
Tag 2: UNGGE
Tag 3:

The speakers will each describe their views on the topic in their field of expertise in the form of a short statement. This will be followed by questions from the moderator and an interactive discussion with the audience.

There will be technical company representatives as well as private sector representatives (male and female) to join the discussion. The topic demands diverse speakers and discussants to reflect on the future of the cybersecurity field. Arrangements need to include all levels in order to be successful.

Onsite Moderator: Vladimir Radunovic
Online Moderator: Katharina Hoene
Rapporteur: Barbara Rosen Jacobson

Online Participation:
The online moderator will follow the online discussion closely, while in the room where the session takes place, and will give voice to the comments of the online participants in cooperation with the onsite moderator. The online moderator will summarise and read out the questions, greet and interact with online participants directly.
The online moderator we propose is very experienced.

Discussion facilitation:
The onsite moderator is very experienced and will lead and facilitate the discussion. He will ask the speakers relevant questions and encourage active audience participation. He will give each speaker the chance to make a short statement while letting enough time available to ask questions and let the audience intervene. Ideally, there will be an interactive discussion based on the statements made by the speakers.

Conducted a Workshop in IGF before?: No
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Contact Information

United Nations
Secretariat of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF)

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Palais des Nations,
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