In 2001, the ITU Council decided
to hold the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and
in Resolution 56/183, the United Nations' General Assembly endorsed
the framework for the Summit adopted by the ITU Council. The
first phase of the Summit was held in Geneva from 10 to 12 December
2003 and the second phase took place in Tunis hosted by the Government of Tunisia, from 16 to 18 November 2005.
The WSIS Declaration of Principles
state that strengthening the trust framework, including information
security and network security, authentication, privacy and consumer
protection, is a prerequisite for the development of the Information
Society and for building confidence among users of ICTs. In
order to achieve this, a global culture of cybersecurity needs
to be actively promoted, developed and implemented in cooperation
with all stakeholders and international expert bodies.
A fundamental role of ITU, following the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the 2006 ITU Plenipotentiary Conference is to build confidence and security in the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Heads of states and government and other global leaders participating in WSIS as well as ITU Member States entrusted ITU to take concrete steps towards curbing the threats and insecurities related to the information society.
On 17 May 2007, ITU launched
the ITU Global Cybersecurity Agenda to provide a framework within
which the international response to the growing challenges to cybersecurity can be coordinated and addressed in response to
its role as Facilitator for WSIS Action Line C5- Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs.
For more information on ITU and
UN Cybersecuirty Related Resolutions