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. Intersessional informal exchange - New York, 30-31 March 2020
6. Intersessional informal exchange - New York, 28-29 May 2020
7. Third (and final) substantive session - New York, 6-10 July 2020


If your organisation is active on ICT security issues at the United Nations, it can now apply to join the second (February) substantive session of the OEWG.

Please view this Aide Memoire for full information about civil society accreditation and registration processes to attend the second substantive session in February 2020. 

Organisations that were approved to attend the first substanative session in September 2019 do not need to re-apply but do need to submit an updated list of participants. 

Other organisations should complete the following steps:

- Complete the accreditation request form at https://forms.gle/1AYZCUQg1SgBdoQ79. (Organizations that have already submitted this form do not need to do so a second time unless they are updating their contact details.)

- Submit to diane.barnes@un.org a separate request letter, on organization letterhead, with the full names and titles of the representatives who will attend. (All organizations requesting accreditation must submit new letters. Those that requested accreditation to the September 2019 substantive session may revise their original letters by dating them in January 2020.)

The deadline to apply for accreditation is Thursday, 23 January 2020.


"Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security" (A/C.1/74/L.50/Rev.1)

"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

UN Office of Disarmament Affairs website

UNIDIR's Cyber Policy Portal