On 18 November 2019, the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution titled ‘Countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes’. The resolution was proposed by Belarus, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Russia and Venezuela.
The resolution declares as follows:
“[T]o establish an open-ended ad hoc intergovernmental committee of experts, representative of all regions, to elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes, taking into full consideration existing efforts at the national and international levels on combating the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes, in particular the work and outcomes of the open-ended intergovernmental Expert Group to Conduct a Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime”.
The resolution goes on to request the Secretary-General to allocate the necessary resources and invites donor countries to provide assistance to ensure the active engagement of developing countries in this process.
The resolution is accessible here.
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