The Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace aims to map the roles and responsibilities of actors – states, the business sector, civil society, and the academic and tech communities – in contributing to greater security and stability in cyberspace in the context of international peace and security; identify good practices and possible gaps in existing efforts; and, ideally put forward recommendations for overcoming such gaps.

Currently in its second phase, the dialogue will focus on the roles and responsibilities of the business sector. The project aims to: convene global business sector actors to discuss responsible behaviour in cyberspace; assist the business sector to develop its capacities to understand, follow, and meaningfully contribute to international policy and diplomatic processes; and, facilitate dialogue among global businesses towards shaping principles and an action plan contributing to the global efforts at the UN and elsewhere.

The second phase of the dialogue is led by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA), and implemented by DiploFoundation.

Invitation for partners


February-April 2020:

Involving partners and conducting the study

May-Jun 2020:

Online inception meetings

July-September 2020:

Group online discussions

October-November 2020:

Public discussions

October-December 2020:

Online course on cyber-diplomacy

November-December 2020:

Shaping good practices and recommendations



Global Documents


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In its first phase, the Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behavior analysed the roles and responsibilities of states, industry actors, civil society, and academic and tech communities in contributing to greater security and stability in cyberspace.

The first phase was led by the FDFA in co-operation with the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), ETH Zurich, and the University of Lausanne.

From June to September 2018, background research was conducted. From September to November 2018, a series of in situ discussions and knowledge exchange activities were organised. An expert workshop was held in Geneva 1-2 November 2018. The first phase resulted in the Final Report, supported by the Baseline Research and the draft Framework Documents.

Geneva Dialogue was present at the following international events: