Today 9 September, the first meeting of the UN Open-ended Working Group is held in New York City, and Estonia is represented by Estonian Ambassador at Large for Cyber Security Heli Tiirmaa-Klaar. The working group focuses on cyber security and has been created as an addition to the UN Group of Governmental Experts that also convenes in the autumn with new members, and where Estonia is selected as a participant for the fifth time.
Both are among the most influential formats for discussing global norms for responsible state behaviour and acknowledging the fact that international law also applies in cyberspace.
“Estonia supports the establishment of cyber norms and international law in cyberspace. Together with like-minded countries, we are also making every effort to prevent the fragmentation of the internet and to ensure that states behave in a responsible manner and consider human rights in cyberspace, which is gaining importance,” Tiirmaa-Klaar said. “The UN is among the central formats for this purpose and participating in these working groups plays an important part in meeting Estonia’s cybersecurity objectives as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council,” the Ambassador at Large said.
The UN working group of cyber experts includes 25 countries from across the world and its tenure lasts for two years, after which it presents its proposals for adoption to the 2021 UN General Assembly. In terms of international law, the previous proposals of the cyber experts have been among the most successful in establishing international cyber norms. The open-ended working group for the 2019-2020 period is open to all UN member states and it will present its conclusions to the 2020 UN General Assembly based on a consensus.
More information on the working group of cyber experts: https://www.un.org/disarmament/group-of-governmental-experts/
More information on the open-ended working group: https://www.un.org/disarmament/open-ended-working-group/
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