A_Global_Protocol_on_Cybersecurity_and_Cybercrime.pdf

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projects, through agreements or memorandum of understanding. Given that all stakeholders may not receive such an initiative positively, especially those who may perceive this as a dilution of their sovereignty, it is recommended that the initiative be started on a voluntary basis. When a critical mass of stakeholders subscribe to the initiative, others may feel more encouraged to join in”. d) Advocacy - “As knowledge and awareness plays a key role in ensuring cybersecurity and as the ITU is a trusted source of knowledge the world over, it is recommended that the ITU undertake the lead role
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79 in advocacy on cybersecurity at a degree and on a scale in keeping with its organizational aspirations, commensurate with resources at its disposal and is deemed practicable under the current context of international relationships”. ITU, with its mandate from Member States and its position in the UN system, is ideally placed to play the role of advocate. Its voice is heard and followed, its suggestions respected and mostly complied with. Thus, in order to bring about a culture of cybersecurity, it is important that ITU undertakes the primary role in advocacy. Advocacy could be undertaken at various levels from international fora to country or even community level. Again, the magnitude of the work in this arena depends on the level of resources available, the scale of ownership the ITU wishes to exercise and the realities of international relations. One member agreed with the sub-points on harmonization and international cooperation, but felt that coordination and, to some extent, monitoring is not in accordance with ITU's role. One member wished to delete from 5.2.(a)“this does not require much effort in the form of resources and, strictly speaking, does not even require the consent of the organizations whose projects/initiatives that are being monitored though their cooperation is most desirable”. The same member also wished to delete from 5.2.(b) “memoranda of understanding. Given that all stakeholders may not receive such an initiative positively, especially those who may perceive this as a dilution of their sovereignty”. One member wished to delete from 5.2.(b) the sentence “At the lowest level, it could be simply tracking activities of all organizations that have a mandate on cybersecurity and making stakeholders aware of them as proposed above”, because it repeats the “Monitoring” section above. The same member wished to replace bullet point 5.2.(b) with “Facilitating - Having considered the efficiencies that could be achieved by facilitating the various activities, initiatives and projects of different stakeholders in the cybersecurity field along with the potentiality for better utilization of resources and results, it is recommended that the Secretary-General explore the possibility of creating a network that is inclusive and open for facilitating such activities, initiatives and projects, through a variety of mechanisms that are mutually agreeable. It is recommended that the initiative be undertaken on a voluntary basis. When a critical mass of stakeholders subscribe to the initiative, others may feel more encouraged to join in. Harmonizing would bring the ITU into areas that are not within
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