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High Level Debate No 5

Cybersecurity and Cyberspace

Jointly organized with UNIDIR and UNICRI

Wednesday 12 May 2010, 09:00-11:00
Room K

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Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) have been widely adopted throughout our society, but these very same ICT systems are at severe risk from growing cyberthreats.

Today, new and sophisticated cyberthreats, cyberattacks and, more recently, cyberwarfare, pose strong challenges to the safety, integrity, reliability and confidentiality of modern communications and the networks over which these are transmitted. Growing cyberattacks can also be a challenge to States’ national security and international peace.

In 2007, ITU Secretary-General launched the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) to provide a framework within which an international response to the growing threats and challenges can be coordinated and addressed.

The GCA strives to engage all relevant stakeholders in a concerted effort to build confidence and security in the information society. This high-level debate will provide the forum to discuss how best to promote international cooperation.

Proposed speakers will include:

Moderator: Mr Arkadiy Kremer, Chairman of Russian Association for Networks and Services (RANS) and Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 17, Russian Federation

  • Mr Houlin Zhao, Deputy Secretary-General, International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Geneva

  • Mr Endri Hasa, Director of Albanian National Agency for Information Society, Albania

  • Ms Theresa Hitchens, Director, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), Geneva

  • Mr John Carr, Chairman of Children's Charities' Coalition on Internet Safety (CHIS), United Kingdom

  • Ms Solange Ghernouti-Hélie, Professor, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

  • Mr Ilias Chantzos, Director EMEA & APJ Government Relations, Symantec

  • Mr Andrea Rigoni, Director General of the Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, Italy

*English & French interpretation will be made available.

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Those unable to travel to Geneva can participate remotely via the live audio webcast and the interactive live blog coverage.


An event reminder can be set for the live blog through the panel on the right.

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For more information, please contact:

Ms Cristina Bueti (



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