Press release on the Results of the Vote in the First Committee of the UN General Assembly on Draft Resolutions on International Information Security


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On November 6, the First Committee of the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the Russia-sponsored draft resolution on international information security (IIS) "Developments in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security. It was supported by 124 States. More than 30 countries had become its proactive co-sponsors.

Russia submitted this document with a view to bringing the UN Member States together to address the IIS issue and set a constructive and non-confrontational for the international dialogue on these matters. Jointly with interested countries from all parts of the world we have elaborated an objectively balanced and compromise text.

Its key idea is to prevent the world community from "going into different cybertrenches" once again. In fact, the aim is to avoid a "cold cyberwar" and a split of the world into blocs. To this end, it is important to ensure the continuity and integrity of the negotiation process on IIS within the UN. It is precisely in this spirit that we have worded our resolution that welcomes the launch at Russia's initiative of the UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on IIS, as well as to resume, as proposed by the United States, the work of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on IIS, and calls for constructive collaboration between the groups so that their efforts would add to each other's.

The international community showed practically unanimous support for the Russian proposals. It is of crucial importance that, year after year, our initiatives on IIS gain increased support and understanding both in terms of the number of supporters and the geographical coverage.

Regrettably, the United States again chose to oppose the opinion of the majority of States. Despite our calls to elaborate a joint compromise version of the resolution, it went its usual way and voted against the Russian proposals, countering them with its own document fully focused on the GGE – a U.S.-promoted mechanism for discussing IIS issues within the UN. Unlike our draft, that document aims to give equal status to the OEWG, which is a full-fledged body of the UN General Assembly, and the GGE, which comprises only 25 experts who act in their personal capacity. Furthermore, it devaluates the work already carried out by the OEWG during its two successful meetings this year, while the GGE is yet to commence its full-scale work in December.

We thank the States that have supported Russia's approaches to restoring the consensus on IIS within the UN. We are convinced that we still have a chance to reach it and therefore call on the international community to make every effort in order to achieve this goal.