On 22 May, Estonia as the President of the Security Council held an Arria-formula meeting on cyber issues: Cyber Stability, Conflict Prevention and Capacity Building. The theme is not new to the SC and the Member States, and during the present COVID-19 crisis it is quite timely. Member States as well as the briefers (including Izumi Nakamitsu USG) showed their support for a better coordination, cooperation, capacity building and confidence building measures for a stable, open, free, accessible and safe cyber space.

Ambassador Katalin Bogyay ensured Hungary’s strong support for an effective multilateral system and the rules-based international order underpinned by strong national competencies and effective multilateral organizations. In this regard she also emphasized the importance of the two UN lead forums – GGE and OEWG – in the context of international security. She saluted the OSCE’s work on confidence building measures and underlined that since 2017, the Permanent Representative of Hungary to the OSCE is acting as the Chairperson of the OSCE Informal Working Group on Development of Confidence-Building Measures to reduce the risks of conflict stemming from the Use of ICTs.

She also welcomed the efforts of the UN Secretary-General to prevent the escalation of cyber-incident and urged for a better coordination between parallel discussions on multiple aspects of digital technologies, including human rights, Internet governance, cybercrime as well as sustainable development

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