Fostering Information Sharing and Transparency on Cyber Capacity-Building

Hybrid, New York and online
15 December 2023
Fostering Information Sharing and Transparency on Cyber Capacity-Building

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE) held a side event to announce a collaborative effort that enriches the existing UNIDIR Cyber Policy Portal by integrating capacity building data from the GFCE Cybil Portal. In the spirit of collaboration and by leveraging existing resources, this initiative will enhance the security of and in the use of ICTs through improving awareness of existing resources, facilitating collaboration among stakeholders, and encouraging greater transparency in cyber capacity building efforts. 

UNIDIR’s Cyber Policy Portal provides a comprehensive overview of cyber policy landscapes across all 193 UN Member States and select intergovernmental organisations. The UNIDIR Cyber Policy Portal has been acknowledged as a global confidence-building measure in the second Annual Progress Report of the OEWG on ICTs which has been subsequently welcomed by the UNGA. Now, the Portal is evolving as it incorporates data from nearly 900 capacity building projects sourced from the GFCE Cybil Portal.

GFCE’s Cybil Portal is the largest global, open and free knowledge repository for and by the international cyber capacity building (CCB) community. It facilitates a baseline understanding of the CCB landscape through mapping almost 900 projects and activities, over 400 tools and resources, actor information and an events calendar.

During the launch event, participants gained insights into the capabilities of the UNIDIR Cyber Policy Portal and the GFCE Cybil Portal, along with other digital tools and initiatives provided by the organisations. The event provided an opportunity for attendees to acquaint themselves with the expanded capabilities of the platforms, helping them better understand how these tools can actively contribute to strengthening the global cyber capacity building landscape. Regional perspectives were shared, and participants were encouraged to reflect and intervene from the floor. 


A recording of this event can be found on our YouTube Channel, and below.


  • Opening Remarks – Giacomo Persi Paoli, Head of Security and Technology Programme, UNIDIR 
  • UNIDIR Cyber Policy Portal & Other Digital Tools – Lenka Filipová, Digital Tools Coordinator, Security and Technology Programme, UNIDIR
  • GFCE Cybil Portal – Chris Painter, President, GFCE Foundation Board
  • Ambassador Richard Kadlčák, Director, the Cybersecurity Department, Special Envoy for Cyber Space, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Czech Republic
  • Daniela Ruiz, Director for Cybersecurity and Arms Control, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
  • Emmanuella Darkwah, Senior Manager, International Cooperation, Cyber Security Agency, Ghana
  • Shariffah Rashidah Syed Othman, Director of Policy and International Cooperation at the National Cyber Security Agency, Malaysia

Moderated by Giacomo Persi Paoli, Head of Security and Technology Programme, UNIDIR

The presentations were followed by an interactive Q&A session with the audience.


Friday 15 December 2023, 13:15 – 14:30 EDT. Hybrid format: Conference Room 7, United Nations Headquarters, New York and online.

Light lunch will be provided to the participants attending in person. If attending online, please consult this website to find your local time.


We welcome OEWG delegations and cyber experts, as well as members of the multi-stakeholder community including industry, civil society, and intergovernmental organizations (ECOSOC status). Please kindly note that UNIDIR is not able to grant access to the United Nations Headquarters for those who are not already in possession of the UN accreditation.


Please register here by Thursday 14 December 2023. You are kindly requested to specify if you will be attending in person or connecting remotely. Early registrations are encouraged. For those joining online, the link to access the event will be provided by email to registered participants one day prior to the session. For any questions, please contact the UNIDIR Security and Technology Programme (