Background

Turning to the issue of Cybersecurity and Cybercrime, the Secretary-General noted that the Chairs of both HLCM and HLCP had touched on this issue during their reporting, and invited the Secretary-General of ITU to comment on recent developments, as called for by the Board at its 2nd regular session for 2013.

Discussion

Mr. Touré noted that, at its 2nd regular session for 2013, the CEB had reached a significant coordination milestone by endorsing the “UN-wide Framework on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime”. The CEB had gone further, calling upon ITU, together with UNESCO, UNODC, UNDP and UNCTAD, and in close coordination with HLCM, HLCP and UNDG, to develop an action plan to address a growing urgency to protect the work of the United Nations system and the populations that are served. Mr. Touré noted the “UN System Internal Coordination Plan on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime” currently before the Board was prepared by the lead agencies, as well as UN/DESA, had been finalized through extensive system-wide consultation; and had been endorsed by HLCM and HLCP at their most recent sessions. He noted that in the four years since raising the issue, cyberthreats and cybercrime had grown extensively, with harm coming to nations, businesses and individuals. This plan, which included principles and actions for organizations, was built on the Framework and constituted an important step for the UN system working together to make cyberspace a safer place, and promoting trust and confidence in ICTs. Mr. Touré concluded his remarks by calling on the CEB to endorse the plan.

During the ensuing discussion, CEB members thanked Mr. Touré for his leadership on this critical issue, agreed that this plan enhanced internal coordination within the UN system and welcomed its broad range of topic areas, including, inter alia, access to information and privacy. It was noted that UNESCO would organize, in March 2015, an international multi-stakeholder conference related to these issues, where a first draft of the Comprehensive Study on Internet-related issues would be discussed by participants from governments, civil society, academia, private sector, the technical community, inter-governmental and international organizations, as well as leaders, innovators and pioneers in the Internet Governance space. CEB members were all invited to this event.

Action

  • The Board concluded its discussion by suggesting that, given the fast-changing landscape in the definition and practice of cybersecurity, it would wish to review the internal document after two years. 
  • The Secretary-General thanked ITU and all CEB members for their active participation in the development of the Plan.
  • CEB thanked Mr. Touré for his remarks and endorsed the UN System Internal Coordination Plan on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime which was reviewed and submitted to the Board for endorsement by both HLCM and HLCP .