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Brahima Sanou, BDT Director

Opening remarks, Action line C5, WSIS Forum


• Honorable Ministers and Deputy Ministers,
• CEOs of ICT industry
• Distinguished participants, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure to welcome you this morning to this session on ‘Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs’. This is an issue that has been at the forefront of the ITU’s priorities following the 2005 World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis and the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Antalya, Turkey, that was held the following year. At these meetings, Heads of states and government and other global leaders entrusted the ITU to take concrete steps towards curbing the threats and insecurities related to the information society.
Since this time, the ITU has gained significant experience in facilitating the establishment of national strategies for cybersecurity and critical information infrastrucure protection, and can draw upon an extensive network of leading cybersecurity authorities and individuals.
Important initiatives such as ITU-IMPACT and Child Online Protection, launched within the framework of the Global Cybersecurity Agenda, are currently serving as mechanisms that enable knowledge sharing on policies and strategies to be adopted in the fight against emerging cyberthreats and coordination of international efforts to create synergies and avoid duplication.
Ladies and gentlemen,
Cybersecurity is a global issue. It therefore deserves global attention and harmonized approach in order to find global solutions. This is why there is a need to make sure that the Action Line C5 is aligned with the Millennium Development Goal. This is also why cybersecurity issues need to be coordinated at the international level.
I am convinced that international cooperation on cybersecurity among Governments, private sector, international organizations and civil society is the key to creating a sustainable and proactive culture of peace in the cyberspace. This will allows us to move from cyberthreats and cybersecurity to Cyberpeace.
I would like to conclude my remarks by reaffirming once more that the ITU remains committed to working with all stakeholders, and is pleased to be able to offer a forum for open discussion of the cybersecurity issues.
Thank you.

Geneva, Switzerland 5/15/2012



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