Cyber policy capacity building agenda
Discussions at the United Nations have largely acknowledged the pressing need for building expertise across a range of cyber diplomatic, policy, legislative and regulatory areas. National government entities and agencies do not always have the adequate capacities – in terms of skills, human resource, and institutional endowment – needed to participate substantially in the ongoing debates or observe emerging norms, rules, and principles on responsible state behaviour, or to achieve gender balance in these processes.
While international partnerships and cooperation are often recognised as a key element in the national or regional cybersecurity strategies or policy frameworks, this aspect has been so far neglected in the international approaches to cyber capacity building. Therefore, the key objective of this session is to identify how can the international community contribute to strengthening national and regional capacities to participate in the international processes on cyber issues? How to implement cyber capacity building efforts that embrace the whole-of-government approach while remaining human-centric? And finally, considering that donor and recipient countries might have different priorities and objectives, how can we ensure a more representative cyber policy capacity building agenda that reflects a broad list of priorities such as norms and international law but also economic growth and human development?
This session is co-chaired by: