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[New podcast] The Diplomat’s Sofa #1: A breakthrough in UN cybersecurity negotiations with Amb. Jürg Lauber

Published on 11 June 2021
Updated on 05 April 2024

Welcome to the very first episode of Diplo’s brand new podcast series The Diplomat’s Sofa, where we speak to diplomats about their craft and the latest developments in international diplomacy.

For our inaugural episode, hosted by Diplo’s Dr Jovan Kurbalija, we were joined by Ambassador Jürg Lauber, permanent representative of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva and former chair of the UN Open-ended Working Group on Cybersecurity.

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A major breakthrough occurred in global cybersecurity negotiations in March 2021: the UN Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Developments in the Field of ICTs in the Context of International Security agreed on a final report! The report builds on previously agreed global norms and principles on state behaviour in cyberspace. You can read more about the report and what it means for global cybersecurity here.


Amb. Lauber, as the former chair of the UN OEWG, speaks about the importance of cybersecurity for states, his experience with global negotiations, the readiness of states for more cooperation, the increasing inclusiveness of other stakeholders in tech negotiations, and the future of cyber diplomacy. Lauber also shares more general insights into the art and craft of diplomacy. 

Watch other episodes of The Diplomat’s Sofa!

Episode #2, ‘Cybersecurity: A meeting place for diplomats and techies’ with guest David Koh, Commissioner of Cybersecurity and Chief Executive, Cyber Security Agency (CSA), Singapore. 

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