Background

The Committee recalled that it has been engaged with the issue of cybercrime and cyber-security since its twentieth session when, in response to a request of CEB, it set up the United Nations Group on Cybercrime and Cybersecurity to address programme policy aspects of the work and to foster coordination and collaboration within the United Nations system. Since its inception, the Group has been co-led by ITU and UNODC.

At its twenty-fourth session, the Committee tasked the Group to develop a draft policy on cybercrime and cybersecurity that focused on the external dimension of the issue, in particular on how the United Nations system could mainstream cybercrime and cyber security issues into programmes delivered to Member States. At its last session, the Committee asked the Group to further develop the framework.

Discussion

The Committee recognized the importance of the issue and expressed appreciation to ITU and UNODC for leading this work and providing the revised draft for consideration. The need for harmonization with the work on cybercrime and cybersecurity being executed under the auspices of the ICT Network and the High-level Committee on Management was stressed, and in this context the Committee was reminded that CEB would consider both together at its second regular session of 2013. It was also proposed that the issue of cybercrime and cybersecurity be taken up at a joint meeting of the two Committees of CEB to ensure coherence between both the external and internal aspects. The benefit of developing One United Nations guidance on the subject of cybercrime and cybersecurity was also noted.

Some speakers made note of the relevance of the subject to particular sectors, including public health, gender equality, and women’s empowerment and rights. To this end, it was observed that the risks of information and communication technologies needed to be balanced against their positive impacts.

With respect to the compendium of mandates, the Committee was reminded that it was a living document and was invited to provide any additional input expeditiously so that any issues falling outside of existing organizational mandates could be brought to CEB’s attention at its second regular session for 2013.

Action

The Committee endorsed the draft framework, subject to the incorporation of a number of minor amendments which would be reflected in the final paper transmitted with its report to the CEB (Annex III). It requested the United Nations Group on Cybercrime and Cybersecurity to report back to HLCP at its 28th session on progress made in implementing the framework into programme policy strategies.