2013 UNGGE report on the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security





United Nations


The UN Group of Governmental Experts in the field of information and telecommunications in the context of international security produced its second consensus report. The following elements were agreed on:

  • International law, in particular the UN Charter, is applicable to the cyber-sphere and is essential for an open, secure, peaceful and accessible ICT environment.
  • State sovereignty applies to States’ conduct of ICT-related activities and to their jurisdiction over ICT infrastructure within their territory.
  •  State efforts to address the security of ICTs must go hand-in-hand with respectfor human rights and fundamental freedoms.
  • States must not use proxies to commit internationally wrongful acts and must ensure that their territories are not used by non-State actors for unlawful use of ICTs.
  • The UN should play an important role in promoting dialogue among Member States.