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International Cooperation

The Internet and ICTs have enabled interconnection between countries that was not possible before. Countries cannot easily close their borders to incoming cyber threats and cannot either contain those coming from within. Attempts to solve these challenges at national or regional levels are important, but they are undermined. Cybersecurity is as global and far-reaching as the Internet. Therefore solutions need to be harmonized across all borders.  This necessarily entails international cooperation, not only at government level, but also with industry, non-governmental and international organizations. Cybersecurity concerns all types of measures. For this reason, the GCA seeks to harness the power of multi-stakeholder collaboration in order to arrive at global strategies to enhance cybersecurity.


High Level Expert Group

The High-Level Experts Group (HLEG) initiated the GCA process by giving advice on strategies in all five work areas. The HLEG comprised a group of high-level experts from governments, industry, relevant regional/international organizations, research institutes, academic institutions and individual experts from every part of the world, appointed by the ITU Secretary-General. The responsibilities of the HLEG were to meet and further develop the GCA, by proposing refinements to its main goals, analyze current developments in cybersecurity, including both threats and state-of-the-art solutions, anticipate emerging and future challenges, identify strategic options, and formulate proposals to the ITU Secretary-General and finally to provide guidance on possible long-term strategies and emerging trends in cybersecurity. The HLEG met on multiple occasions at the ITU and in November 2008, the ITU published their strategies in a Global Strategic Report. The Chairman’s Report further summarizes the work of the HLEG, the views expressed by HLEG members and other information about the work carried out by HLEG since its inception. Some of the proposals were taken into consideration by the ITU Secretary General during Council 2008. Those proposals that were considered were reviewed by all the ITU Sectors, linked to the relevant ITU mandate and taken into account in the work programmes of the Sectors.


International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats

The International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber Threats (IMPACT) is an international public-private initiative dedicated to enhancing the global community’s capacity to prevent, defend and respond to cyber threats. In May 2008, the ITU was invited to become a member of the IMPACT Advisory Board. In November 2008, this collaboration came to fruition, with IMPACT’s headquarters in Cyberjaya, Malaysia formally becoming the GCA’s operational, physical, state-of-the-art home. The ITU maintains a ‘virtual showcase’ in Geneva of the early warning system, crisis management and real-time analysis of global cyber-threats. All IMPACT-based initiatives provide services in the five work areas of the GCA.


IMPACT Centre for Policy and International Cooperation

Under the ITU leadership, and together with partners such as United Nations agencies, Interpol, Council of Europe and OECD among others, the Centre for Policy & International Cooperation contributes to the formulation of new policies and the harmonization of national laws around a variety of issues relating to cyber threats, including cybercrimes. The Centre for Policy & International Cooperation also provides advisory services to interested ITU Member States on policy and regulatory matters for cybersecurity. With the support of the ITU, the Centre fosters international cooperation through specific programs such as coordinated cyber-drill exercises between countries.


ITU Cybersecurity Gateway

The purpose of the ITU Cybersecurity Gateway[1] is to provide an easy-to-use information resource on

national, regional and international cybersecurity-related initiatives worldwide. In today's interconnected world of networks, threats can originate anywhere, and thus our collective cybersecurity depends on the security practices of every connected country, entity, business, and citizen. National and international cooperation is needed among those who seek to promote, develop and implement initiatives for a global culture of cybersecurity. Through the Cybersecurity Gateway ITU aims to enable information access, dissemination and online collaboration among stakeholders working in cybersecurity and cybercrime related area. The Cybersecurity Gateway can serve as a platform to make stakeholders more aware of the various actors and groups working on the different areas of cybersecurity at the national, regional and international level. The ITU invites all interested parties to explore the vast resources and links available through the Cybersecurity Gateway and join in partnership with the ITU and others to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs.


Child Online Protection

Under the GCA umbrella, the ITU launched the Child Online Protection (COP) initiative in November 2008. The COP initiative has been established as an international collaborative network for action to promote the online protection of children and young people worldwide by providing guidance on safe online behaviour in conjunction with other UN agencies and partners. The key objectives of the initiative are to:

  • Identify the key risks and vulnerabilities to children and young people in cyberspace;

  • Create awareness of the risks and issues through multiple channels;

  • Develop practical tools to help governments, organizations and educators minimize risk;

  • Share knowledge and experience while facilitating international strategic partnerships to define and implement concrete initiatives.

The COP initiative draws together an effective package of policies and practices, education and training, infrastructure and technology, and awareness and communication. The COP initiative is based on a multi-stakeholder approach and the belief that every organization - whether online or mobile, educator or legislator, technical expert or industry body - has something to contribute.


[1] The ITU Cybersecurity Gateway can be found at:


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