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.
The relevant information may be found on the website of the President of the General Assembly here.
Furthermore, Member States are hereby informed that the registration process for the organizational session of the ad hoc committee has been put on hold until further information is available regarding the new dates for the meeting; Member States will be kept informed of any developments in this regard.
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
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)
Australia (29 May 2020) - Canada (20 April 2020) - Canada (7 July 2020) - Dominican Republic (10 July 2020) - Egypt (30 June 2020) - European Union (20 April 2020) - European Union (3 August 2020) - Iran (Islamic Republic of) (20 April 2020) - Japan (26 April 2020) - Liechtenstein (7 August 2020) - Russian Federation (27 May 2020) - Russian Federation (8 July 2020) - United Kingdom (4 June 2020) - United States of America (20 April 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)