In its resolution 65/230, the General Assembly requested the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice to establish, in line with paragraph 42 of the Salvador Declaration on Comprehensive Strategies for Global Challenges: Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Systems and Their Development in a Changing World, an open-ended intergovernmental expert group, to conduct a comprehensive study of the problem of cybercrime and responses to it by Member States, the international community and the private sector, including the exchange of information on national legislation, best practices, technical assistance and international cooperation, with a view to examining options to strengthen existing and to propose new national and international legal or other responses to cybercrime.
The first session of the expert group was held in Vienna from 17 to 21 January 2011. At that session, the expert group reviewed and adopted a collection of topics and a methodology for the study.
In its resolution 67/189, the General Assembly noted with appreciation the work of the open-ended intergovernmental expert group to conduct a comprehensive study of the problem of cybercrime and encouraged it to enhance its efforts to complete its work and to present the outcome of the study to the Crime Commission in due course.
The second session of the expert group was held from 25 to 28 February 2013. At that session, the expert group, inter alia, took note of the comprehensive draft study of the problem of cybercrime and responses to it by Member States, the international community and the private sector, as prepared by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) under the auspices of the expert group, pursuant to the mandate contained in General Assembly resolution 65/230.
The third session of the expert group took place in Vienna from 10 to 13 April 2017. Further information on the expert group meetings and the comprehensive study on cybercrime is available below.