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Progressing Cyber Accountability: The Private Sector, NGOs, and the UN

The 2019-21 Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on cyber issues was a novel UN approach to including multilateral stakeholders in cyber discussions – but to what end and how can those efforts inform the first substantive meeting of the new OEWG that begins December 13, chaired by Singapore’s Ambassador Burhan Gafoor?

His Excellency Ambassador Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations and other Organizations in Geneva, who chaired the first unique multi-stakeholder UN Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on cyber earlier this year, and Ms. Allison Pytlak, Program Manager of the Disarmament Programme of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), who helped facilitate stakeholder input to the OEWG, will advise on ways to progress UN efforts and cybersecurity.

Opening Remarks

Michael Teodori, President of the Washington Foreign Law Society

Featured speakers

H.E. Amb. Jürg Lauber, Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations and other Organizations in Geneva

Prior to this, Ambassador Lauber served from 2015 as Permanent Representative of Switzerland to the United Nations in New York. During this time, he also served as Chair of the first Open-ended Working Group on Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security (2019-2021). This was the first time all States, the private sector, NGOs and others were included in UN discussions of ways to address cyber risks. He has a law degree from the University of Zurich.

Ms. Allison Pytlak, Program Manager, Disarmament Program of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Ms. Pytlak contributes to WIPLF’s monitoring and analysis of UN disarmament processes including those on cyber security, as well as to its research and advocacy to advance feminist perspectives on international security issues. She was closely involved in efforts to ensure civil society engagement in the UN’s first cyber OEWG and participated in all of its substantive meetings

Moderated By

Debra Decker, Board Member of the Washington Foreign Law Society and Stimson Center Senior Advisor

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