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ITU WSIS Thematic Meeting on Cybersecurity

28 June - 1 July  2005 Geneva, Switzerland

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About the event

Meeting Presentations                           

At the start of the 21st century, our societies are increasingly dependent on information and communications technologies (ICTs) that span the globe. The WSIS Thematic Meeting on Cybersecurity* took place 28 June – 1 July 2005 at ITU headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. This conference examined the recommendations in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) first phase's Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action that relate to building confidence and security in the use of ICTs and the promotion of a global culture of cybersecurity.

The four-day meeting was structured to consider and debate six broad themes in promoting international dialogue and cooperative measures among governments, the private sector and other stakeholders, including:

In addition, the first day of the meeting focused on countering spam as a specific follow-up to the ITU WSIS Thematic Meeting on Countering Spam held in July 2004.

The meeting was open to all UN Member States, International Organizations, ITU Sector members, WSIS accredited NGOs, civil society entities and accredited business entities.   

For information related to the event, please contact the ITU Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU) at cybersecurity @

* The event was organized jointly by the ITU's Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU), Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) and Telecommunications Development Sector (ITU-D) under the aegis of ITU's contributions to implementation of the WSIS Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action.

WSIS and building a global culture of cybersecurity

WSIS Main Page

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, with the second, concluding part to be held in Tunis 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.

In December 2002, UN resolution 57/239, the UN General Assembly outlined elements for creating a global culture of cybersecurity, inviting Member States and all relevant international organizations to take account of them in their preparations for the Summit.

In December 2003, UN resolution 58/199, further emphasized the promotion of a global culture of cybersecurity and the protection of critical information infrastructures.

ITU initiatives related to cybersecurity

Other ITU Initiatives

The growth in the use of ICT infrastructure and our increased reliance on electronic communication networks has heightened concerns around the world on cybersecurity. ITU has a long-standing track record on security for ICTs and plans to continue to play a key role in increasing confidence and security in the use of ICTs.

Links to ITU cybersecurity resolutions and events can be found here.

Cybersecurity news  

ITU SPU Newslog                                       

News from the ITU SPU Newslog related to Cybersecurity  
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Background material for the meeting

Contributions and Other Material                   

A number of discussion papers were prepared for the meeting. The purpose of these papers is to, in a structured way, bring forward some of the most important cybersecurity issues and to provide speakers and participants with background material on the topics covered during the meeting.

Link to meeting webcast archives 

Chairman's report

Meeting agenda (PDF version )

Meeting background papers:

Meeting contributions and other material

Meeting presentations

Speaker biographies

Registered meeting participants

Invitation letter (May 2005)

Fellowship letter and application form for Least Developed Countries (June 2005)

Cybersecurity and spam

ITU Countering Spam Website                          
The first day of the cybersecurity meeting was dedicated to ongoing global efforts to counter spam.  The spam sessions on the 28th of June served as a follow-up to the ITU WSIS Thematic Meeting on Countering Spam held in July 2004. Progress on a number of anti-spam initiatives undertaken throughout the year were presented in addition to the results of an ITU survey done on countering spam initiatives and spam legislation worldwide.

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