Russia and the USA have submitted a joint resolution on cybersecurity to the UN General Assembly

Russia and the USA have proposed a joint resolution on the responsible behavior of states in cyberspace to the General Assembly of the United Nations. More than 50 UN member states have co-authored the document.

The document emphasizes joint efforts in developing rules or binding norms for responsible behavior by states in cyberspace.

Before that, online rules of conduct at the United Nations were defined in two groups – the group of government experts founded by the USA (GGE, 25 countries) and the Open Working Group initiated by Russia (OEWG). Russia and the United States are members of both groups, but Moscow sponsored the OEWG and Washington supported the GGE. As a result, countries have acted as rivals on cyber issues. Last week, the delegations of Russia and the US presented a draft resolution to informal consultations at the United Nations. Now work on the rules is being continued in one group – the OEWG.

Andrei Kruckih, Russian President’s Special Envoy for International Cooperation in the Field of Information Security and Director of the Department of International Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said this was a “historic moment” when the resolution was presented at the UN meeting.

The resolution states that all countries have an interest in promoting the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) for peaceful purposes and in preventing conflicts that arise from their use. It stated that many countries are building ICT capacities for military purposes and that ICT will be more likely to be used in future conflicts. Of particular concern are the potential for malicious ICT practices targeting critical infrastructures.

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