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 Thursday, May 19, 2011
UN agencies team up to make the online world safer: MoU signed between ITU and UNODC at WSIS Forum 2011

A Memorandum of Understanding signed between ITU and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) at this year’s WSIS Forum event in Geneva will see the two organizations collaborate in assisting UN Member States to mitigate the risks posed by cybercrime.

The MoU will enable ITU and UNODC to work together to make available the necessary expertise and resources to establish legal measures and legislative frameworks at the national level, for the benefit of countries worldwide. It is the first time that two organizations within the UN system have formally agreed to cooperate on a global basis on cybersecurity.

“This new alliance with UNODC is a major milestone in implementing a coordinated global approach to an increasingly serious global problem. Together, our two agencies will generate powerful synergies that will help all countries fight the scourge of cybercrime and create a safer online environment for all,” said ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré.