Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security

In December 2018, the General Assembly established two processes to discuss the issue of security in the information and communication technology (ICT)-environment during the period of 2019-2021. Through resolution 73/27, it established an Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG), which will be comprised of the entire UN membership. The Group will convene for the first time in 2019 and report back to the General Assembly in 2020. The OEWG is chaired by Ambassdaor Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the UN. 

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1. Organisational meeting - New York, 3-4 June 2019
2. First substantive session - New York, 9-13 September 2019
3. Intersessional meeting with industry and civil society - New York, 2-4 December 2019
4. Second substantive session - New York, 10-14 Februrary 2020
5. Third (and final) substantive session - New York, 6-10 July 2020


Please view this Aide Memoire for full information about civil society accreditation and registration processes to attend the Informal Multi-stakeholder Interssessional consultative meeting in December. A new Aide Memoire with greater details for the 2020 sessions wil be posted here as soon as it becomes available. 

Intersessional meeting, 2-4 December

ECOSOC-affiliated organisations that participated in the September session of the OEWG need to present an updated participants list to UNODA. No other steps are required. 

Organisations that did not apply for the September session but would like to attend in December, or that did apply but were not accredited to attend, should submit a written accreditation request, on official organisation letterhead, containing (1) information on the organisation's purpose; (2) information on the organisation's programmes and (3) an overview of past interactions, if any, between the organisation and the United Nations, particularly in relation to developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security. This should be submitted to Diane Barnes (diane.barnes@un.org) by 20 November 2019. Individuals requesting accreditation, as well as those planning to attend, must be at least 18 years of age.

Civil society organisations wishing to attend the OEWG sessions must also complete the accreditation request form available at https://forms.gle/1AYZCUQg1SgBdoQ79

Organizations whose accreditation has been provisionally approved will receive a form for providing the first and last names of representatives who will require a temporary United Nations grounds pass to attend. Send completed forms to diane.barnes@un.org by 25 November 2019; NGO representatives who already have valid United Nations Headquarters grounds passes may proceed directly to the conference.

Once the registrations of NGO representatives have been approved, their organization points of contact will receive a confirmation email. Confirmed registrants who require a temporary pass should present a valid government-issued photo identification (e.g., a passport) and a printed copy of their approval letter to United Nations staff who will be available on 2 and 3 December, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the United Nations Pass and ID Office 320 E 45th Street. Note that NGO representatives will have access only to designated rooms within United Nations premises. 

Third and fourth sessions, February and July 2020

Organisations that applied for accreditation to all OEWG sessions and were approved will receive further details about registration for the 2020 meetings. 

Details for other organisations to apply to the 2020 sessions will be made available shortly via a revised Aide Memoire. 


"Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security" (A/RES/73/27)

Reaching Critical Will's fact sheet on cyber peace and security

UN Office of Disarmament Affairs fact sheet

RCW coverage of the 2018 First Committee

UNIDIR's Cyber Policy Portal