The Geneva Manual side-event at the OSCE

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On 12 March in Vienna, the Geneva Dialogue organised the side-event: “The Geneva Manual on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace and its application in the OSCE region: The Role of Non-State Stakeholders in Enhancing Cybersecurity and Building Confidence”.

The side event discussed the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in promoting responsible behaviour in cyberspace, namely through the operationalisation of the 11 cyber norms, as agreed in the 2015 UN GGE report, and confidence-building measures (CBMs).

The discussion centred around the Geneva Manual, a comprehensive guide which documents the views of relevant stakeholders, in particular the technical community and the private sector, for the operationalisation of the agreed norms, CBMs, good practices, and their application in the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) region. In particular, the side event discussed how the Geneva Manual can facilitate the implementation of the relevant OSCE CBMs (including CBM 4, 14, 15, and 16).

Ambassador Raphael Nägeli, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the OSCE welcomed participants, highlighting Switzerland’s commitment to a secure, free, and open cyberspace, in line with international law, human rights, and international humanitarian law.

Panellists, including Daniel Klingele, Senior Advisor, International Security Division, FDFA and Swiss representative to the UN OEWG; Sofia Martinez Gomez, Member of the Geneva Dialogue Core Group, and Anastasiya Kazakova, Cyber Diplomacy Knowledge Fellow, DiploFoundation discussed what challenges exist for relevant stakeholders to help effectively operationalise the OSCE CBMs and address the security of and in the use of ICTs, as well as what contribution the Geneva Manual makes to support the operationalisation of the OSCE CBMs. The roundtable was moderated by Serge Droz, Senior Adviser, FDFA.

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