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Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue: Subsea Communications Cables and Responsible State Behaviour


Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue: Subsea Communications Cables and Responsible State Behaviour

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) welcomes you to a multi-stakeholder dialogue on subsea communications cables.

Subsea communications cables are an essential element of the information and communications technology ecosystem, transmitting practically all our telecommunications and data. Their security and resilience are critical to the well-being and functioning of societies across the globe, and to international security and stability. While technological innovation is enabling faster and more widespread connectivity, the global network of subsea communications cables is facing continuous physical and cyber threats, requiring urgent policy and operational responses involving both State and non-State actors.

To further unpack this complex issue and support more specific discussions and actions aimed at ensuring the protection of this critical information infrastructure, UNIDIR’s Security and Technology Programme is organizing a multi-stakeholder dialogue that will also serve as platform for the launch of a new UNIDIR report “Wading Murky Waters: Subsea Communications Cables and Responsible State Behaviour”.


We welcome delegations, cyber experts as well as members of the multistakeholder community including industry, civil society, and intergovernmental organizations. Geneva-based representatives and experts are encouraged to attend the multi-stakeholder dialogue in person.


4 April 2023, 10:00-12:30 CEST. Please consult this website to find your local time.


Hybrid format – In-person (Room XXVI, Palais des Nations [map], Geneva, Switzerland) and online.


Registration is mandatory for both in-person and virtual participation. Please contact if you have any questions.

  • To attend in person, please register here (via UN Indico System), by Monday 3 April 2023. Indico registration is mandatory for all participants, including those who already have the UNOG grounds pass. User guides on Indico registration can be found here.

  • To attend virtually, please register here (via Microsoft Forms), by Monday 3 April 2023. The link to access the event will be emailed to registered participants one day prior to the session.


04 April 2023


Geneva & Online