APS - 16 March 2022
NEW YORK- Algeria has achieved outstanding diplomatic success during its chairmanship of the first session of the United Nations Ad Hoc Committee for the elaboration of a comprehensive international convention on the fight against the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for criminal purposes, held recently at the UN headquarters in New York and whose works wrapped up on Friday.
Despite the concerns that preceded the meeting, considering the strong tension in the international relations and the polarization state resulting from the Ukrainian crisis, which has affected all the multilateral activities, notably at the level of the United Nations, the Algerian chairmanship of UN Committee, led by the ambassador Faouzia Mebarki, Algeria's representative to the UN office in Vienna, was able to bring the points of view closer and to reach the necessary consensus between the delegations.
This was done through a series of consultations that it conducted to ease tensions, make dialogue prevail and work in order not to politicize negotiations, by emphasizing the technical aspect of the fight against cybercrime which is on the rise and threatens all the countries.
The perceptiveness of the Algerian diplomacy and the impartiality it demonstrated during its chairmanship of the meeting had significantly contributed to the success of this first session, which constitutes a very important milestone to start the preparations for the first international comprehensive convention which obliges the States to cooperate in order to warn and fight against the use of ICTs for criminal purposes, in accordance with the decision of the UN General Assembly n 247/74, adopted in December 2019.
It is important to note that the UN Ad Hoc Committee for the elaboration of a comprehensive international convention on the fight against the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for criminal purposes has adopted following its works on Friday a number of documents, like this committee's roadmap and working method.