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About the event

Invitation Letter and Meeting Flyer

In line with paragraph 108 and the Annex of the Tunis Agenda for the Information Society, the ITU invited all WSIS stakeholders interested and involved in the implementation process for building confidence and security in the use of ICTs, to a consultation meeting 15-16 May 2006 at ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the WSIS multi-stakeholder implementation process for WSIS Action Line C5: "Building confidence and security in the use of ICTs".

In accomplishing the agenda for C5 and moving forward on potential  partnership activities for global cybersecurity, the meeting was structured around five main themes to consider, discuss and further promote multi-stakeholder partnerships among governments, the private sector and other stakeholders. These themes are:

  • information sharing of national approaches, good practices and guidelines; 
  • developing watch, warning and incident response capabilities;
  • technical standards and industry solutions;
  • harmonizing national legal approaches and international legal coordination;
  • privacy, data and consumer protection.

In addition, the event also looked more closely at how developing countries can be more involved in global cybersecurity activities and initiatives.  

The meeting invitation letter, draft agenda and registration form is available on the main WSIS Implementation website.

The meeting was open to all WSIS stakeholders that are interested and involved in the implementation process in the field of building confidence and security in the use of ICTs.

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

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.

The WSIS Stocktaking Database holds a number of projects related to security and WSIS Action Line C5. To run a Action Line C5 query in the Stocktaking Database, click here.

Cybersecurity news  

ITU SPU Newslog                                       

News from the ITU SPU Newslog related to Cybersecurity  

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Background resources

Contributions and Other Material                   

ITU Member States, meeting participants and other interested parties were encouraged to send in their WSIS Action Line C5 and cybersecurity related contributions. All contributions to the meeting were posted on this website.

Thematic meetings: cybersecurity & spam

ITU WSIS Thematic Meeting on Cybersecurity 2005
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 first day of the cybersecurity meeting was furthermore 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.

For cybersecurity related news, click here

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.



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