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The Open-Ended Working Group on security of and use of information and
communications technologies 2021-2025, first substantive session

December 20, 2021

From December 13th to 17th, the first session of the Open-Ended Working Group on security of and in the use of information and communications technologies 2021-2025 (OEWG 2021-2025) was held in New York.

  1. The OEWG is a meeting where all UN member states discuss a wide range of topics including awareness of existing and potential threats, norms, application of international law, confidence building measures and capacity-building in cyberspace. The OEWG was established in 2019 and adopted its final report last March. Additionally, it was decided in a UN resolution submitted last year that the OEWG would be reconvened to meet from 2021 to 2025.
  2. On December 14th, as part of the participants' general exchange of views, Yutaka ARIMA, Ambassador in charge of Cyber Policy made a video statement, in which he noted that cyberspace has become a public space and an indispensable economic and social infrastructure for all activities and that attack on cyberspace poses a major security risk. He underscored Japan's position that existing international law applies in cyberspace and reiterated that the discussions at OEWG 2021-2025 should be based on past outcomes including the UN GGE and OEWG reports.

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