On 12 March 2021, the United Nations Open Ended Working Group on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (OEWG) adopted its final report by consensus.
The Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace (GCSC) congratulates the OEWG on its final report. It represents a milestone for institutional dialogues on international peace and security in cyberspace. The Commission commends the continuous efforts of the Chair, Ambassador Lauber, the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, and the Reaching Critical Will program, for involving civil society in the process, and to providing due consideration to their views and comments. We also would like to thank David Koh for his chairmanship of the intersessional multistakeholder meeting, which we believe helped provide a stage to illustrate the contributions that non-governmental actors were able to make. It shows that the OEWG process and its inclusive approach to consultations was a success.
The Commission followed the work of the OEWG closely and appreciates the many opportunities to contribute to its work. The GCSC comments on norms and the multistakeholder approach made at last week’s multistakeholder consultations of the final report are enclosed, and previous GCSC submissions can be found at the OEWG website, and statements on the Reaching Critical Will website.
We believe this is merely the beginning of the OEWG’s journey, and we believe that success will continue to depend on the ability to leverage effective multistakeholder engagements on such critical issues as norms and norm enforcement.