Resolution on the programme of action (PoA) on cybersecurity adopted

The First Committee of the UNGA has adopted a resolution on the programme of action (PoA) on cybersecurity.

The PoA will be established after the OEWG 2021-2025 as a permanent, inclusive, action-oriented mechanism. It will:

  • discuss existing and potential threats;
  • support States’ capacities and efforts to implement and advance commitments guided by the framework for responsible State behaviour, and discuss, and further develop if appropriate, this framework;
  • promote engagement and cooperation with relevant stakeholders;
  • periodically review the progress made in the implementation of the PoA as well as the PoA’s future work.

The resolution also requests that the Secretary General seek the views of UN member states on the scope, structure and content for the PoA, and the preparatory work and modalities for
its establishment, including at an international conference.

It was adopted by a recorded vote of 157 in favour to 6 against (China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Iran, Nicaragua, Russian Federation, Syria), with 14 abstentions.

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