Through its resolution 74/247, adopted on 27 December 2019, the General Assembly, inter alia, took note of Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice resolution 26/4 of 26 May 2017, in which the Commission expressed appreciation for the work done by the Expert Group to Conduct a Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime and requested the Expert Group to continue its work, with a view to examining options to strengthen existing responses and propose new national and international legal or other responses to cybercrime, and in this regard reaffirmed the role of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).
In the same resolution, the General Assembly decided to establish an open-ended ad hoc intergovernmental committee of experts, representative of all regions, to elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes, taking into full consideration existing international instruments and efforts at the national, regional and international levels on combating the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes, in particular the work and outcomes of the open-ended intergovernmental Expert Group to Conduct a Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime
The General Assembly also decided that the ad hoc committee shall convene a three-day organizational session in August 2020, in New York, in order to agree on an outline and modalities for its further activities, to be submitted to the General Assembly at its seventy-fifth session for its consideration and approval.
UNODC, through the Organized Crime and Illicit Trafficking Branch, Division for Treaty Affairs, will serve as Secretariat for the ad hoc committee and is supporting Member States in preparation for its three-day organizational session in August 2020.
Inquiries can be sent to CybercrimeAHC@un.org
Proposed outline and modalities for the further activities of the open-ended ad hoc intergovernmental committee to elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes. Background paper prepared by the Secretariat
DOC (English only - the document in the six United Nations official languages will be available soon)
General Assembly resolution 74/247
Rules of Procedure of the General Assembly
Follow-up information in relation to the cybercrime ad hoc committee organizational session, pursuant to General Assembly resolution 74/247. Status: 12 May 2020
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on the implementation of General Assembly resolution 74/247
Summary of information provided by the DTA Director, UNODC, at the informal meeting on 10 July 2020
Comments from Member States in relation to the cybercrime ad hoc committee organizational session