2024 Cyber Dialogues

Hybrid Event: Geneva, and online
20 February, 12 March, and 16 April 2024
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2024 Cyber Dialogues

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) is pleased to invite you to the 2024 Cyber Dialogues

20 February 2024 – 14:00 to 15:30 CET

The first dialogue will host sharp conversations featuring nuanced viewpoints between diplomats, policymakers, think tanks and private sector to create a fuller picture of the dynamics on existing and potential threats to cyberspace. Key questions include: 

  • What are the most pertinent challenges of the malicious use of ICT, and how are they evolving over time? 
  • How have cyber threats evolved over time, and do OEWG discussions reflect States’ and stakeholders’ perceptions? 
  • What joint State-private sector initiatives currently address supply chain challenges and proliferation of malicious tools? 
  • What is the impact of ICT threats on multiple sectors, including the healthcare, maritime, aviation and energy sectors and how are States responding to these threats?

SPEAKERS

Elizabeth Wuraola Kolade is a Cybersecurity professional. She has been involved in the strategy, creation and implementation of security measures and the delivery of cyber security awareness across critical organizations. Elizabeth has served as an Analyst, Technical Specialist and Advisor over the course of her career across government, the private sector and civil society. She has embarked on numerous campaigns to promote end-user security education in and outside Nigeria. Her interest spans Incident Response, Cyber policy, Cyber Capacity Building, and Cyber Diplomacy, all geared towards enhancing and sustaining international peace and security. Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and has been a part of several multi-stakeholder engagements on Cyber Security in and outside Africa. She was listed as one of the Top 50 Women in Cybersecurity in Africa in 2020. In 2021, she was named a Global Influencer in the IFSEC Global Awards under the “Security – One to Watch” Category and was soon after nominated for the 2021 Young CISO of the Year Awards. Elizabeth served as a member of the presidential committee, which reviewed and produced Nigeria’s National Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy (NCPS) 2021. She is the current Director of membership  of the Cyber Security Experts Association of Nigeria (CSEAN) and remains an ever-avid advocate for the education of women in technology. She is currently the Executive Director at Resilience Technologies and a PhD Researcher at the University of Bristol, United Kingdom.

Kamilia Amdouni is Public Policy Advisor at the CyberPeace Institute in Geneva, Switzerland, contributing to efforts to promote responsible behavior in cyberspace and to operationalise and advance international laws and norms. She is a multilingual professional with +10 years of experience in developing and implementing international security strategies. She has previously worked as a consultant on emerging technologies for multinational corporations and focused in the past few years on advocacy and policy development on international security issues including nuclear disarmament and cybercrime, having contributed to efforts from organizations such as the EU agency for law enforcement cooperation (EUROPOL) and the Center for International Studies and Diplomacy in London. Kamilia holds an MA in Global Diplomacy from the University of London (SOAS) and has an MBA from the French business school ESLSCA.

Samuele Dominioni is a Researcher (Cyber) within the Security and Technology Programme at UNIDIR. He has expertise in multiple domains related to the international dimensions of cybersecurity, such as cyber diplomacy and cyber norms. He is also interested in political regimes in cyberspace, particularly in terms of disinformation and elections. Before joining UNIDIR, Samuele was a research fellow at the ISPI Center on Cybersecurity. He has also worked as a consultant on various projects funded by international bodies like the Council of Europe and the European Commission.He holds a PhD in International Relations and Political History from Sciences Po (Paris) and IMT School for Advanced Studies (Lucca). He has also been a visiting PhD student at the Department of Political Sciences, Columbia University, and a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Bonn. He speaks English, French and Italian

Amb Richard Kadlčák (Czech Republic) was appointed as the Special Envoy for Cyber Space at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2016. Prior to this position, Kadlčák served as the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Estonia from 2012 to 2016. He has previously held different positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic at the Strategy, Analysis and Planning Office as well as at the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the European Union.

MODERATOR

Ms Moliehi Makumane is a researcher at the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). Ms Makumane’s current focus is on the Open-Ended working Group (OEWG) on ICT and her research focus is on perspectives and implementation of the Framework for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace in Africa and the global South.  Moliehi was previously a foreign service officer and OEWG and GGE delegate for South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Cooperation.

12 March 2024 – 14:00 to 15:30 CET

The second dialogue will convene diplomats, policymakers and members of the multistakeholder community to discuss the cumulative and evolving rules, norms and principles of responsible State behaviour in the use of ICTs. The discussions will support means of addressing interconnected issues, including the protection of vulnerable sectors, promoting integrity, stability and security of the supply chain, preventing the proliferation of malicious ICT tools and techniques, and enhancing private sector collaboration in the security of and in the use of ICTs, and the implications for national norm implementation. Key questions include:

  • How can we meaningfully understand the differentiated roles and responsibilities of States vis-à-vis non-State stakeholders in norm implementation efforts? 
  • How can we understand the inter-connected nature of norms and their ability to help States respond to varied ICT incidents? 
  • How can national and regional implementation of norms contribute to narrowing the digital divide?

16 April 2024 – 14:00 to 15:30 CET

Calls for gender responsive, tailored, sustainable, effective, and efficient cyber capacity-building continue to intensify from diplomats, policymakers, and technical experts. With high-level discussions on mainstreaming gender within other pillars of the framework and initiatives, the dialogues will convene all relevant stakeholders to share viewpoints. Key questions include: 

  • How can all stakeholders meaningfully mainstream gender perspectives across all the pillars of the framework for responsible State behavior, and are there practical examples to learn from? 
  • What do these calls for gender responsive, tailored, sustainable, effective, and efficient cyber capacity building mean and how can it be meaningfully operationalized? 
  • How can we mainstream gender in norm implementation?

WHEN & WHERE

20 February, 12 March and 16 April 2024  – 14:00 to 15:30 CET. Please consult this website to find your local time.

Hybrid format: in-person (Geneva) and online. The venue in Geneva will be announced shortly.  

PARTICIPANTS

UNIDIR encourages the participation of representatives and experts working on or interested in issues pertaining to advancement of digital technologies, and their implications for international peace and security.  

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Please register here.

You are kindly requested to specify if you will be attending in person or connecting remotely. As places are limited, we kindly invite you to register as soon as possible if you plan to attend in-person. The link to access the broadcast will be provided by email to registered participants one day prior to the event. 

For any questions, please contact the UNIDIR Security and Technology Programme (sectec-unidir@un.org).