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Open-ended Working Group on security of and in the use of information and communications technologies (2021-2025)

In November 2020, the General Assembly voted to establish, through resolution A/RES/75/240, the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on security of and in the use of information and communications technologies (ICTs). It will commence work in 2021, and report back to the General Assembly in 2025. This is the UN's second OEWG on ICTs in the context of international security.

CONFERENCE RESOURCES (2021-2025 OEWG)

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SCHEDULE (2021-2025 OEWG)

1. Organisational session - Hybrid, 1-2 June 2021
2. First substantive session - New York, 13-17 December 2021 
3. Second substantive session - New York, 28 March-1 April 2022*
4. Third substantive session - New York, 25-29 July 2022*
5. Fourth substantive session - New York, 6-10 March 2023*
6. Fifth substantive session - 17-21 July 2023*

An intersessional workplan for the period between the Third and Fourth substantive sessions is expected to be released in September 2022.

The dates of substantive sessions for 2024 and 2025 are yet to be calendared.


RELATED DOCUMENTS AND RESOURCES

Promoting stakeholder engagement at the Open-Ended Working Group on ICTs: Operationalising para.4 of the UNGA Resolution (A/RES/75/240)

"Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security, and advancing responsible State behaviour in the use of information and communications technologies" (A/C.1/76/L.13)

"Open-ended Working Group on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security established pursuant to General Assembly resolution 73/27 of 5 December 2018" (A/C.1/75/L.47)

"Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security" (A/C.1/75/L.8/Rev.1)

"Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security" (A/C.1/74/L.50/Rev.1)

"Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security" (A/RES/73/27)

Reaching Critical Will's fact sheet on cyber peace and security

UN Office of Disarmament Affairs fact sheet

UN Office of Disarmament Affairs website

UNIDIR's Cyber Policy Portal

WILPF INPUTS TO THE OEWGS

  • Written inputs to the Third Substantive Session of the second Open-ended Working Group (July 2022)
  • Statement to the informal consultations for civil society (March 2022)
  • Submission to the First Substantive Session of the second Open-ended Working Group (December 2021)
  • Response to the zero draft of the Final Report of the Open-ended Working Group on ICTs (February 2021)
  • Summary of the UN Security Council meeting on cyber stability, conflict prevention, and capacity building (May 2020)
  • Response to the pre-draft of the Final Report of the Open-ended Working Group on ICTs (April 2020)
  • Statement to the Second Substantive Session of the OEWG (February 2020)
  • Statement to the Informal Intersessional Multi-stakeholder meeting of the OEWG on Threats (December 2019)
  • Informal scene-setting remarks to the Informal Intersessional Multi-stakeholder meeting of the OEWG on "Ways forward on a multi-stakeholder approach"(December 2019)
  • Statement to the First Substantive Session of the OEWG (September 2019)