Looking beyond states: Who should shape cyberspace?

This event brings together member states and stakeholders to examine the role of civil society and opportunities for engagement, and to look ahead to future multi-stakeholder engagement.

Research event, Panel
24 May 2021 — 12:00PM TO 1:00PM

The adoption of a consensus report by the first Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on ICTs exemplified the importance of multilateral cooperation on cybersecurity issues pertaining to state behaviour, and was a positive step for international peace and security.

However, the adoption of this report is the beginning of a longer-term process which will include not only another OEWG (established through UNGA Resolution A/RES/75/240), but also the implementation of the outcomes agreed.

The previous OEWG showcased some positive examples of multi-stakeholder engagement but formal and institutionalized opportunities are few, limiting the possibility of meaningful engagement by non-governmental stakeholders in the process.

To improve on past efforts, and support greater and more effective engagement in the upcoming OEWG, this event brings together both member states and stakeholders to reflect on the past OEWG, the role of civil society and opportunities for engagement, and to look ahead to multi-stakeholder engagement in the next OEWG.

  • What are the key principles of meaningful non-governmental stakeholder engagement and what processes and mechanisms are necessary to support them?
  • What practical examples exist of meaningful civil society engagement in the OEWG process and how might they be replicated?
  • How should the resolution text of the next OEWG – which makes explicit reference to stakeholder engagement – be interpreted and implemented?

This event is organised in collaboration with Global Partners Digital.


Kaja Ciglic, Senior Director, Digital Diplomacy, Microsoft

Daniel McBryde, Senior Policy Adviser, Global Affairs Canada

Juan Carlos Lara, Director of Research and Public Policy, Derechos Digitales

Claudio Medeiros Leopoldino, Head, Disarmament and Sensitive Technologies Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Brazil

Chair: Renata Dwan, Deputy Director and Senior Executive Officer, Chatham House

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