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December 9, 2022

Ambassador Jinga: Most of the risks associated with cyberspace have nothing to do with the space itself, but with our behavior in it

In his intervention in the informal Security Council debate on „Cyber Stability, Conflict Prevention and Capacity Building” held on May 22,  Ambassador Jinga, the Permanent Representative of Romania to the UN-New York underlined that „Cyberspace is not a new world, but an extension of our world. It does not create actors.

“It simply allows them to interact in new and useful ways. Most of the risks associated with cyberspace have nothing to do with the space itself, but with our behavior in it”, while also noting that the significance of cyberspace in the context of international security is also highlighted by the fact that this debate of the Security Council was only made possible by the use of new information and telecommunications technologies (ICTs), which allow the continuation of the activity of the United Nations even during the Covid19 pandemic. In the present system of international relations, cyber stability, conflict prevention and capacity building can only be achieved through actively supporting the rule-based international order, fundamented on the UN Charter, and through consolidating multilateralism,” the Romanian diplomat emphasized.

The Romanian Ambassador recalled that the set of norms and recommendations agreed by consensus in the reports of the UN Group of Experts on ITCs in the context of international security, endorsed by the UN General Assembly, establish the concrete parameters of responsible state conduct in cyberspace. Their consolidation constitutes one of the objectives within Romania’s exchange of good practices, as well as of the country’s regional, sub-regional, bilateral and national activity.

In context, he highlighted Romania’s activity in cybersecurity within the OSCE and the GFCE, underscoring the country’s role in promoting and implementing the Cyber Vulnerability Disclosure policy and its corresponding confidence-building measure.

In addition, Ambassador Ion I. Jinga underlined Romania’s active involvement in various efforts aimed at consolidating cybersecurity within the European Union, through agreeing EU Council conclusions on cybersecurity capacity and capabilities, agreeing steps for ensuring the cybersecurity of 5G networks, consolidating the Cyber Diplomacy Toolbox and adopting the Cyber Sanctions Regime.

Noting that Romania finds itself, presently, in the privileged position of participating in both UN formats dedicated to negotiating the ways of consolidating the parameters of responsible state behavior in cyberspace (the UN GGE on consolidating responsible state behavior in cyberspace in the context of international security and the Open-ended Working Group on developments in the field of ICTs in the context of international security), the Romanian Ambassador to the UN stated that „The right approach is based not on technology but on our responsible use of it. Responsible state behavior in cyberspace is about upholding international law and democratic values. Supporting a global, open, safe and secure cyberspace, where human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law fully apply, is critical for society well-being, growth and prosperity, and debating cybersecurity in the UN Security Council stands an important part of this process.”

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