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. 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 1 October 2019. 

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

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