Geneva Dialogue

Geneva dialogueThe Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace (GD) maps actor roles and responsibilities in contributing to more secure and stable cyberspace in the context of international peace and security.

The GD also aims to:

  • Identify and bring together existing efforts, good practices, and possible gaps in these efforts, making recommendations to overcome gaps
  • Provide a platform in Geneva for different stakeholders to engage and discuss topics on responsible behaviour in cyberspace

The GD was launched in 2018 by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) in cooperation with the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), ETH Zurich, and the University of Lausanne.

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GD timeline

GD Phase I

The first phase of the dialogue lasted from June 2018 to April 2019. The dialogue analysed the roles and responsibilities of states, industry actors, civil society, and academic and tech communities in contributing to greater security and stability in cyberspace. It resulted in the Final Report, supported by the Baseline Research and the draft Framework Documents.

GD Phase II (ongoing)

The second phase of the dialogue started in 2020, and is ongoing. In 2020, the project focused on the roles and responsibilities of the business sector. As a result of the discussions and a number of written contributions, the GD published the output document Security of Digital Products and Services: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Secure Design: Good Practices.

What’s next for GD?

In 2021, the GD will build upon its work, and endeavour to:

  • Help boost the security of digital products by developing common baseline requirements, and look for ways to broadly implement the agreed baseline requirements
  • Help increase dialogues between corporate efforts and processes that develop cybersecurity norms, regulations, policies, and standards
  • Help and support businesses to follow and contribute to cybersecurity processes at international and regional levels

The GD Phase II is led by the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) and implemented by DiploFoundation.

For more information, visit the official website of the Geneva Dialogue on Responsible Behaviour in Cyberspace.