Gerson Nozea, Country Director from the Rapha International Haiti stressed the need to continue to engage with Member States to bring the perspectives of civil society into the forefront of this debate, as they are placed in the unique position to work with victims and assist government officials in all respective States to act on the ground.
Strong interventions by private sector at the second intersessional consultation of the Ad Hoc Committee called for an open and inclusive process for all civil society. The fight against cybercrime cannot be isolated from others. A multi-stakeholder approach can be an answer to many unresolved issues. The worthwhile and sustained collaboration of governments, the private sector, experts and civil society organisations is the only way to mitigate and control the challenges cybercrime poses to open and secure cyberspace on a national, regional and international level.
The first draft of a new international convention on countering the use of ICTs could be ready by the end of this year. The discussions will not stop there, lessons will be continuously learnt, and best practices shared among various stakeholders. The next third session of the UN Ad Hoc Committee will take place in New York from 29 August to 9 September 2022. Meanwhile, one of the platforms for further active discussions could be the online knowledge hub WhatsOn, which is created by UNODC and designed to bring together relevant stakeholders in the fight against transnational organized crime and corruption, including non-governmental organizations, academia and private sector.