UN GGE and OEWG

IN FOCUS: The Open-ended Working Group has concluded its work after its third substantive session with the adoption of the final report. Read our short analysis of the report, and our reports from the session. A detailed and comprehensive analysis, which is a by-product of these reports, can be found on our blog, written in two parts, here and here.

The United Nations Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Advancing responsible State behaviour in cyberspace in the context of international security (formerly: on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security) is a UN-mandated working group in the field of information security. Six working groups have been established since 2004, including the GGE 2019-2021. The UN GGE can be credited with two major achievements outlining the global agenda and introducing the principle that international law applies to the digital space. 

In 2018, another UN-mandated working group – the Open-Ended Working Group on Developments in the Field of ICTs in the Context of International Security (OEWG) – was established in parallel with the GGE, involving 'all interested states'. The OEWG adopted its final report by consensus in March 2021. Its mandate was renewed for 2021/2025 in December 2020.

This page contains all the information you need about the GGE and the OEWG, including the latest developments.

Read our reports from the Open-Ended Working Group's third and final substantive sessionsecond substantive sessionmultistakeholder informal consultation, and first substantive session.

 

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