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The UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Cybersecurity 1st Meeting

September 10, 2019

1. From September 9th to 13th, the first meeting of the UN Open-ended Working Group on Cybersecurity was held in New York, Takeshi Akahori, the Deputy Assistant Minister, Foreign Policy Bureau (Ambassador in charge of Cyber Policy), and the persons concerned are present as the delegations from Japan.

2. The OEWG is a meeting where the UN member states discuss a wide range of topics including understandings on existing and potential threats, norms, application of international law, confidence-building and capacity-building in cyberspace, and which was decided to be established in accordance with the UN resolution last year.

3. September 9th,in the session held at the beginning of the meeting, Amb. Akahori made a statement (PDF)Open a New Window, in which he explained that Japan's approaches to the cyber diplomacy focused on the rule of law, confidence-building, and capacity-building. Amb. Akahori also emphasized that the existing international law was applicable to the cyberspace, and that the OEWG should play a complimentary role in relation to the 6th Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on cybersecurity, based on the results of the past GGEs on cybersecurity.

4. Japan has led the discussions at the UN as a GGE member country since the third session, and has also been selected as a member country of the next 6th GGE session. We will actively contribute to maintain a free, fair and secure cyberspace on both OEWG and GGE in cooperation with other countries.

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