Open-ended Working Group on security of and in the use of information and communications technologies

Stakeholder information

The Open-Ended Working Group has reached agreement to apply the modalities for participation of stakeholders as set out in the Chair's proposal contained in his letter of 22 April 2022.

The period for receipt of accreditation requests ahead of the Third Substantive Session of the OEWG has closed. Another round of accreditation will be conducted ahead of the Fourth Substantive Session in 2023.

Agreed modalities for the participation of stakeholders

Member States of the OEWG are committed to engaging with stakeholders in a systematic, sustained, and substantive manner.

Relevant non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council in accordance with resolution 1996/31 would inform the Secretariat of the OEWG of their interest to participate in the work of the OEWG.

Other interested non-governmental organizations relevant and competent to the scope and purpose of the OEWG should also inform the Secretariat of their interest in participating by submitting information on the organization’s purpose, programmes and activities in areas relevant to the scope of the OEWG. These organizations would accordingly be invited to participate, on a non-objection basis, as observers in the formal sessions of the OEWG.

Accredited stakeholders will be able to attend formal meetings of the OEWG, make oral statements during a dedicated stakeholder session, and submit written inputs to be posted on the webpage of the OEWG.

Encourage Member States to utilize the non-objection mechanism judiciously, bearing in mind the spirit of inclusivity.

Where there is an objection to a non-governmental organization, the objecting Member State will make known its objection to the Chair of the OEWG and, on a voluntary basis, make known to the Chair of the OEWG the general basis of its objections. The Chair will share any information received with any Member State upon its request.

The Chair of the OEWG will organize informal consultative meetings with stakeholders during the inter-sessional period, building on the practice of the previous OEWG.

The OEWG is an inter-governmental process in which negotiation and decision making are exclusive prerogatives of Member States.

The modalities for this OEWG shall in no way create a precedent for any other UN process.

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Tentative dates for informal consultative meetings with stakeholders to be convened by the Chair of the OEWG (additional meetings with stakeholders may be convened by the Chair, if needed).

  1. 2 March 2023
  2. 13 July 2023