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Saudi Arabia Participates in UNSC Session on Cybersecurity, Calls for Secure Cyberspace

Saudi Arabia has participated in the high-level open session held by the UN Security Council to discuss various topics regarding cybersecurity and cyber-attacks, reported the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).

Themed “Maintaining International Peace and Security: Addressing Emerging Threats in Cyberspace”, the session marked the attendance of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, António Guterres, numerous senior officials and permanent representatives of the UN member states.

KSA’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Dr. Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Wasil, headed the Saudi delegation that included representatives of the National Cybersecurity Authority.

The session tackled the Security Council’s pivotal role in combating cyber threats and maintain international peace and security.

In addition, the meeting delved into the disastrous effects of malicious activities in cyberspace and the malicious use of information and communications technology (ICT).

Saudi Arabia called for secure and trusted cyberspace to ensure the stability of the countries and fostering their vital national interests.

Al-Wasil stressed the need for the international community to adopt a practical approach against cyberspace threats through relevant UN committees and institutions.

Furthermore, he mentioned the Kingdom’s efforts to cooperate with the international community to prevent the extension and escalation of conflicts both through cyberspace.

Saudi Achievements in Cybersecurity

The Global Cybersecurity Forum

The forum represents a valuable platform for decision makers around the world to discuss the latest developments of cybersecurity topics.

The event saw the convergence of over 120 countries during last year’s edition.

Ministerial Committee for Cybersecurity

The Kingdom has established a ministerial committee in the Gulf Cooperation Council to foster the regional coordination and encounter the threats of cyber-attacks.

The Council of Arab Cybersecurity Ministers

The Arab League approved the basic system for the Council of Arab Cybersecurity Ministers during the 33rd Arab Summit held in the Bahraini capital, Manama, on May 16.

During the summit, Saudi Arabia showed a proposal to establish a ministerial council, a crucial step that was greatly welcomed by Arab leaders.

The basic system of the council highlighted that it would work under the umbrella of the Arab league, would have its permanent headquarter in Riyadh, and would include a general secretariat and an executive office in Riyadh.

The council’s responsibilities involve:

  • Determining general policies
  • Enhancing strategies and priorities aiming at fostering Arab cooperation in cybersecurity
  • Developing cybersecurity initiatives and programs
  • Addressing all cybersecurity issues at security, economic, developmental, and legislative levels

Saudi Arabia’s proposal was mainly driven by the growing cyber threats worldwide that endanger the region’s security and stability and hamper the development plans.

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Riyadh, Headquarters for Arab Cybersecurity Ministers Council

 

 

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