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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. 

SCHEDULE

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

NGO PARTICIPATION

Please view this Aide Memoire for full information about civil society accreditation and registration processes.

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

The deadline to request accreditation to all meetings is 12 July 2019, and the deadline to request accreditation only to the intersessional consultative meeting and 2020 meetings is 1 October 2019. An additional accreditation period for 2020 may be announced at a later date. 

In addition, NGOs must submit to Diane Barnes (diane.barnes@un.org) a separate, 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. 

Organisations 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. A separate form must be completed for each meeting.

The deadlines and details on registration processes—separate from accreditation—can be found in the Aide Memoire

RELATED DOCUMENTS

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

UN Office of Disarmament Affairs Factsheet

RCW coverage of the 2018 First Committee

UNIDIR's Cyber Policy Portal