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Guidelines for utilization of the GCA

​​​​​​Overview

The 2019 session of Council instructed the Secretary-General, in parallel, to submit to the next Council session (1) a report explaining how the ITU is currently utilizing the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) framework and (2) with the involvement of Member States, appropriate guidelines developed for utilization of the GCA by the ITU for Council's consideration and approval (C19/117, C19/58).

Pursuant to these instructions, the Draft Guidelines have been formulated with the support of Chief Judge (Ret.) Stein Schjolberg (former HLEG Chair) and with the involvement of Member States, for consideration and approval by Council. It is important to note that this effort is not meant to and will not address matters related to the revision of the GCA.​

As per the process for developing the dr​aft Guidelines, an Open Consultation was held for all WSIS stakeholders on 23 April from 13:00-14:30 CET to provide comments on the Draft G​uidelines​ (First Online Open Consultation). 

The impact of COVID-19 

Given the ongoing global health emergency, two Virtual Consultations of Councillors (VCC) were held at ITU in 2020, from 9-12 June 2020 and 16-20 November 2020 ​respectively. However, since the Draft Guidelines and ITU Secretariat Report were not on the agendas of these VCCs, the presentation of these documents has been postponed to the next session of ITU Council which is currently scheduled to take place from 8-18 June 2021. 

 In light of this, and the stakeholder feedback received from the First Online Open Consultation highlighting the need for further consultations on the Draft Guidelines, Circular Letter (CL-20/55) was issued on 22 December 2020 inviting all WSIS stakeholders to provide further inputs on the Draft Guidelines and join a Second Online Open Consultation on the Draft Guidelines on 1 March 2021 (Second Online Open Consultation). Taking into account the inputs received at this Second Online Open Consultation, a revised version of the Draft Guidelines has been posted on the ITU Council website on 7 May 2021. 

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Consultation Details:

 Second Online Open Consultation on the Draft Guidelines for utilization of the GCA (1 March 2021, 13h00 - 14h30 CET): 

 ​In advance of the Second Online Open Consultation on the Draft Guidelines, all interested stakeholders were invited to submit their inputs on the latest version of the Draft Guidelines (5 May 2020) in writing to contributions@itu.int by 15 February 2021.  ​

  • Circular letter: The Circular Letter on the Second Online Open Consultation on the Draft Guidelines for utilization of the Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA) is available on the ITU Council website​ as Document CL-20/55.
  • Meeting details: A second Online Open Consultation on the​ GCA Guidelines for all WSIS stakeholders was​ held on 1 March 2021 from 13h00 to 14h30 CET. 
  • Draft Guidelines: The revised version of the Draft Guidelines following the First Open Consultation and published on 5 May 2020 is available on the ITU Council website​​ as Document C20/65​.
  • Inputs received: For all the inputs received for the development of the Draft Guidelines prior to and after the Consultation​, please click here​.
  • Registered participants: For the list of registered participants, please click here: GCA Second Open Consultation Registration List.pdf

First Online Open Consultation on the draft Guidelines for utilization of the GCA (23 April 2020): 
  • ​Meeting details: The First Online Open Consultation was held for all WSIS stakeholders on 23 April 2020 from 13:00-14:30 CET to provide comments on the draft G​uidelines​. 
  • Inputs received: For all the inputs received from Member States for the development of the Draft Guidelines,​​ please click here.
  • Draft Guidelines: Taking into account the stakeholder feedback received, the revised version of the Draft Guidelines has been posted on the ITU Council website as Document C20/65.
  • Registered participants: For the list of registered participants, please click here: GCA Open Consultation Registration List.pdf
  • Summary: For the Brief Summary of the First Online Open Consultation prepared by the ITU Secretariat, please visit ​the ITU Council ​website​ for Document C20/INF/11
  • Feedback received after the consultation: Feedback received from some stakeholder participants after the First Online ​Open Consultation is available here​.  

Background Information

Updated Sched​ule for Preparation of the Draft Guidelines​​

Pursuant to Circular Letter (CL-20/55)​, the revised schedule for preparation of the Guidelines is as follows:

9 April 2020
A draft of the guidelines, prepared by ITU Secretary-General and based on the inputs received from Member States was posted online.
23 April 2020
The First Online Open Consultation was held to discuss the draft of the guidelines and inputs received.
5 May 2020
A revised version of the Draft Guidelines, taking into account the inputs received, was posted online.
15 February 2021
Deadline for all interested WSIS stakeholders to provide written inputs on the revised version of the Draft Guidelines.
1 March 2021
Second Online Open Consultation to be held to discuss the Draft Guidelines and inputs received.
10 March 2021
Deadline for all Open Consultation participants to provide final written inputs and comments on the Draft Guidelines.
7 May 2021
The final revised Draft Guidelines for utilization of the GCA by ITU, that takes into account the inputs received, to be posted online.
8-18 June 2021
Draft Guidelines for utilization of the GCA to be presented to the 2021 physical session of the ITU Council for Council's consideration and approval, along with the ITU Secretariat report on how the ITU is currently utilizing the GCA.