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
In relation to the implementation of operative paragraph 3 of General Assembly resolution 74/247, on the organizational session of the ad hoc committee, Member States are hereby informed that the President of the General Assembly has issued a letter dated 14 August 2020 regarding the draft decision entitled, “Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes” (A/74/L.84), informing that the silence procedure has concluded without objections. (Letter includes explanation of position). Therefore, the organizational session is postponed to a date as early as conditions permit but not later than 1 March 2021.
Member States are informed that the dates of 20-22 January 2021 are currently available in New York for the three-day organizational session of the ad hoc committee. Member States are further informed that the current planning for the official New York meetings calendar for 2021, including this slot for the organizational session, assumes that UN Headquarters will be back to normal operations in 2021. If the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continues and current social distancing measures persist, the Secretariat will need to review holistically its entire 2021 calendar, including the meeting slot for the organizational session, and potentially postpone tentatively-scheduled meetings. Member States will be informed in a timely way of this, as the Secretariat evaluates the COVID-19 situation in New York and makes related decisions as to operations.
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
General Assembly resolution 74/247
Ad Hoc Committee to Elaborate a Comprehensive International Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes. Draft decision submitted by the President of the General Assembly* an adopted with new symbol GA decision 74/567
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
Rolling text of the draft provisional agenda for the organizational session (Status: 17 July 2020)
Rolling text of the draft provisional agenda for the organizational session (Status: 22 July 2020)
Rolling text of a draft decision discussed at the informal meeting on 30 July 2020
Draft decision (Status: 5 August 2020)
Joint comment by Azerbaijan, Belarus, Burundi, Cambodia, China, Congo, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Kazakhstan, Madagascar, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan and Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) (4 September 2020)