Statement by Michael G. Snowden, United States Adviser, on the introduction for adoption of Draft Resolution A/C.2/64/L.8/Rev1 "Creation of a global culture of cybersecurity and taking stock of national efforts to protect critical information infrastructures," under Agenda Item 55(c): Science and Technology for Development, before the Second Committee of the Sixty-Fourth General Session of the United Nations General Assembly

Michael G. Snowden
United States Adviser 
U.S. Mission to the United Nations 
New York, NY
November 25, 2009




AS DELIVERED

Mr. Chairman, on behalf of our co-sponsors, the United States is pleased to submit for adoption the resolution A/C.2/64/L.8/Rev1, “Creation of a global culture of cybersecurity and taking stock of national efforts to protect critical information infrastructures,” on the basis of productive negotiations over several rounds on A/C.2/64/L.8.

In addition to the co-sponsors reflected on the document, we are pleased to announce the following additional co-sponsors:  Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Chile, Croatia, Dominican Republic, Finland, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, Montenegro, Romania, Singapore, Spain, Sweden and Ukraine.

I would like to draw delegates’ attention to the following oral revision of the text, to correct a minor editorial mistake that did not accurately reflect the text agreed in our negotiations.

In preambular paragraph 7, on page 2 of A/C.2/64/L.8/Rev.1, which begins: “Recognizing the importance of the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum,” the sentence should go on to read, “AS A multi-stakeholder dialogue,” rather than “for multi-stakeholder dialogue.”  I ask the Secretariat to please reflect this revision in future editions of this draft resolution.

Mr. Chairman, cyber security is a critical issue for UN Member States in this increasingly globalized world.  Networked information systems are increasingly vital to daily life, fostering economic development and promoting access to new markets.

Yet even as this reliance grows, threats to the reliable functioning of these globally networked information systems grow in both sophistication and gravity.  Threats to cybersecurity can easily cross borders; they affect the welfare of individuals, of nations, and of the globally linked international community.

This draft resolution invites Member States to share their best practices in the achievement of cybersecurity, and offers, for Member States’ consideration, a strictly voluntary self-assessment tool that may assist in evaluating national efforts to develop a comprehensive cybersecurity program.

We deeply appreciate the productive spirit of negotiations on this important resolution.  We particularly wish to express our thanks to the able Facilitator of these negotiations, Ms. Janil Greenaway of Antigua and Barbuda.

We look forward to the Committee’s adoption of this resolution by consensus, and invite all interested delegations to join the many other countries that have already cosponsored this text.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.


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PRN: 2009/316