Background

The Chair recalled that at the CEB spring 2010 session, the Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) had briefed his colleagues on the growing risk of cybercrime and cyberthreats to modern communications and networks and their impact on the United Nations system. The Board had requested the High-level Committee on Programmes and the High-level Committee on Management to take up the relevant dimensions of the issue.

Discussion

In the ensuing discussion, Committee members agreed on the seriousness of the issue and its multidimensional nature. With respect to the United Nations system’s role, they stressed the need for the policy, operational and management dimensions of the matter equally to be pursued.

Action

The Committee requested ITU, in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, to organize a meeting of focal points to be designated by Committee members to examine the policy and technology issues together. In light of the meeting’s expected conclusions, the Committee would consider either the establishment of one stream of work under CEB, or a dedicated working group on the policy issues.