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Adoption of the consensus report at the final meeting of the UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Cybersecurity

March 13, 2021

From March 8th to 12th, the final meeting of the UN Open-ended Working Group on Cybersecurity was held online and the consensus report on rules in cyberspace was adopted unanimously. (AKAHORI Takeshi, Deputy Assistant Minister, Foreign Policy Bureau (Ambassador for UN Affairs, Cyber Policy), represented Japan.)

  1. This consensus report presents the common understanding of the UN member states on threat awareness, norms, how international laws applies in cyberspace, confidence building, and capacity building in cyberspace. The application of international law, including the UN Charter, has once again been confirmed by all members of the UN.Japan has been actively involved in the preparation of the report in close cooperation with the international community from the standpoint of maintaining and developing a free, fair, and secure cyberspace. The draft of the consensus report agreed upon this time is expected to be submitted to the UN General Assembly (75th UN General Assembly) this year.
  2. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan will continue to make efforts in various fields to ensure security in cyberspace.

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