Global Conference on Cyber Capacity Building (GC3B) 2023: “Cyber Resilience for Development”
The inaugural Global Conference on Cyber Capacity Building (#GC3B), co-organized by the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), the World Bank (WB), the CyberPeace Institute, and the World Economic Forum (WEF), will take place in 2023 under the theme “Cyber Resilience for Development.”
Built upon four pillars – (1) Cyber Resilience for Development; (2) Collaboration to Secure the Digital Ecosystem; (3) Cyber Capacity Building for the Stability and Security of the Digital Environment; and (4) Solutions for Safeguarding Development from Digital Risks and Threats – the conference seeks to bring together decision-makers from around the world to catalyze action on mainstreaming cybersecurity, resilience, and cyber capacity building (#CCB) within the international development agenda. It also aims to raise awareness of how cybersecurity and resilience are an integral part of digital, social, and economic development as well as critical to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs).
The first-annual GC3B is anticipated to:
• Develop a demand-driven and international Global Cyber Capacity Building Agenda for cyber resilient development;
• Enhance CCB efforts by accelerating current multi-stakeholder cooperation and public-private partnerships;
• Mobilize global action, promote coordination mechanisms for CCB at the global and regional levels, and encourage funding of CCB;
• Advance good practices and tools for the protection of critical infrastructure; and
• Showcase examples from developing countries, particularly across the Global South, that have effectively incorporated cybersecurity and resilience into their development strategies and infrastructure projects and successfully coordinated external CCB funding and activities.
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GFCE WG A&C – Capacity Building and UN Processes Series: Introductory session
The “Capacity Building and UN Processes” series provides a platform for discussions and exchanges within the GFCE community on the role of capacity building in ongoing UN cyber processes. This forum supports the sharing of outcomes, experiences, and lessons learned from engagement in the OEWG and AHC respectively beyond the Working Group silos.
The first session of the GFCE Capacity Building and UN Cyber Processes series will introduce and illustrate ongoing UN cyber processes. Background and a recount of both the OEWG and AHC will be presented, as well as the timeline of expected next steps. Speakers will reflect in turn on the roles and possibilities for involvement of different types of stakeholders in both frameworks. In the second part of the session, discussions will aim to identify opportunities of involvement for the GFCE community in these processes.
The OEWG and AHC will be introduced as two distinct frameworks, through an overview of their main characteristics and desired outcomes, taking stock of their current statuses. AHC Vice-chairs will also address the updated methodology of work for the fourth and fifth session of the committee in preparation for the draft negotiating text of the convention.
Representatives of differentstakeholder groups will reflect on the relevance of their engagement with both UN cyber processes. State, private sector and civil society representatives will look at the added value of Cyber Capacity Building for their respective stakeholder type in these frameworks.
2022 Global Technology Summit
The critical significance of technology policy has manifested itself in multiple forms in this past year. Geopolitical disruptions have confirmed the potential for the weaponization of technology. Disputes over data flows and access are leading to new dialogues on international norm-building. India has demonstrated that a public infrastructure for digital services can promote welfare objectives from financial inclusion to vaccine delivery.
These developments are taking place in the larger global context of supply chain disruptions, semi-conductor shortages and the race to lead on data-related technologies. Against this backdrop, and as India takes the G-20 presidency later this year, the seventh iteration of the Global Technology Summit seeks to explore the present climate in the shapeshifting worlds of international alliances, emerging technologies, and geopolitics.
To discuss these issues and many other questions, join the 7th iteration of the Global Technology Summit, themed Geopolitics of Technology. Carnegie India will convene industry experts, policymakers, scholars, scientists, and other stakeholders from all over the world to take an in-depth look at the changing nature of technology and geopolitics.
17th Internet Governance Forum (IGF 2022)
The 17th IGF, under the overarching theme Resilient Internet for a Shared Sustainable and Common Future, will be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia but it will also be hosted in a hybrid format.
The meeting programme is guided by five themes drawn from the Global Digital Compact in the UN Secretary-General's Our Common Agenda report.
The IGF 2022 Call for Session Proposals invites stakeholders to propose sessions on those themes and is open until 3 June 2022.
Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) Inter-sessional meetings
These inter-sessional meetings will touch on the topics of confidence-building and the global, inter-governmental Points of Contact directory (POC directory), as mandated in the OEWG’s first Annual Progress Report (APR). Stakeholders and regional organisations will also have the opportunity to share their views on these issues, and delegations to have focused discussions on other areas under the OEWG’s mandate, in order to hear specific proposals and concrete ideas, with a view to identifying areas of potential convergence.
Advancing Cyber Stability: Developments and Challenges
The discussion “Advancing Cyber Stability: Developments and Challenges” will address questions on how to accelerate the implementation of norms and raise awareness on the principles of international law central to responsible State behavior in cyberspace. What are the key requirements in achieving cyber resilience and how to fill the gaps in cyber capacity-building efforts? How could the proposed PoA assist in achieving more stability and resilience globally?
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Study Visit of ECOWAS Member State officials
The ECOWAS Commission and Germany, with the support of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EU ISS), will be organizing a Study visit from 12 – 13 December 2022 to Brussels, Belgium. This visit is part of the jointly developed Action Plan for Advancing Cyber Security and intends to explore how cross-regional exchange with the European Union as well as regional cooperation within the ECOWAS community can strengthen cyber diplomatic capacities, cyber resilience of critical infrastructure, protection of vulnerable communities and sovereignty of data.
During the Study visit, the nominated ECOWAS member state representatives will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with main cyber policy structures and developments in the European Union, identify lessons and good practices for the ECOWAS Member States, and explore opportunities for closer cooperation between ECOWAS and the European Union. Further, the Joint Action Plan on Advancing Cyber Security with ECOWAS launched under Germany’s G7 Presidency, developed during inclusive workshops in Accra, Ghana and Bonn, Germany earlier this year, will officially be presented during the visit.
Global Cyber Policy Dialogues: Latin America and the Carribean
This multistakeholder meeting will bring together participants from government, civil society, academia, and the private sector. A central goal of the meeting is to foster genuine dialogue among stakeholders from different sectors and backgrounds. As such, the event will convene about 50 participants from countries in the Latin America and Caribbean region that are active in international discussions on cybersecurity and cybercrime taking place at the United Nations, Organization of American States and elsewhere. It will also include participants from some countries which have not been as engaged in order to raise awareness and promote more active and inclusive participation in these forums from across the region.
The conference will focus on the UN normative framework for cyber stability, international cooperation to combat cybercrime, the intersections between those two areas and UN processes, and how digital transformation in Latin America can be enabled by an open, free, stable and secure cyberspace.