Global Commission Meets Ahead of EuroDIG in The Hague, The Netherlands

The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) conducted its third meeting of 2019 in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 16-17 June. The meeting took place ahead of EuroDIG, held in The Hague from 19-20 June.

Previous GCSC meetings this year in Kobe, Japan and Geneva, Switzerland focused on defining “cyber stability” and the core tenets supporting international cyber peace as well as identifying a framework in which to embed and promote the adoption of cyber norms. The proceedings in The Hague centered upon refinement of key language and components of the cyber stability framework—including underlying principles and recommendations aimed at supporting international efforts to advance peace and security in cyberspace—in preparation for the Commission’s report to be published by the end of 2019.

At the completion of the two days of meetings, the GCSC helped kick off the EuroDIG conference with a Zero-Day event on 18 June (Pre 07: “Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace – Towards a Cyberstability Framework) and Commissioners participated in various other panels and session throughout EuroDIG. This provided an opportunity to explore the present and future work of the GCSC with outside stakeholders in the Internet governance community, shedding further light on how it intends to address gaps in the international cybersecurity architecture while soliciting feedback on its proposals and recommendations.

For the remainder of the year, Commissioners will be preparing the GCSC report, which will contain recommendations on a framework for an international security architecture in cyberspace that address elements of norm development, implementation, accountability and ensuring continued involvement from the stakeholders invested in a peaceful and secure cyberspace. The Commission will meet next on 11-12 October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia alongside the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise’s Annual Meeting held 8-10 October and hosted by the African Union.

In the run-up to the completion of the report, the GCSC continues to welcome input from all stakeholders on its work. Comments may be sent to [email protected].