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Latest post: Thu 25 May 2023

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Arria-formula Meeting on “The Responsibility and Responsiveness of States to Cyberattacks on Critical Infrastructure”

This afternoon (25 May), Security Council members will hold an Arria-formula meeting titled “The Responsibility and Responsiveness of States to Cyberattacks on Critical Infrastructure”. The meeting is being co-organised by Albania and the US, with co-sponsorship by Ecuador and non-Council member Estonia. The expected briefers are High Representative for Disarmament Affairs Izumi Nakamitsu, International Policy Director at Stanford University’s Cyber Policy Center Marietje Schaake, and Cybersecurity Researcher at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) Moliehi Makumane. The meeting is open to representatives of all UN member states, permanent observers, UN entities, civil society organisations, and members of the press.

The meeting, which will begin at 3 pm EST in the Trusteeship Council chamber, will not be broadcast on UNTV, after Russia raised an objection to webcasting the meeting on the official UN channel. In line with established practice, the webcasting of Arria-formula meetings can be blocked if a single Council member objects. This will mark the fifth time in the past two months that a Council member has opposed the webcasting of an Arria-formula meeting. The co-organisers intend to livestream the meeting on the YouTube channel of the Permanent Mission of the US to the UN.

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