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As part of its Capacity Building Program for International Cyber Security Negotiations, ICT4Peace organised in cooperation with the African Union Commission the first cybersecurity policy and diplomacy workshop at The African Union Headquarters in Addis Ababa on 15 and 16 February 2016 (see AU Press release).

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43 mid-level and senior diplomats from 28 English and French speaking African Countries and 3 regional organisations participated in the 1 1/2 days workshop. The teaching faculty included high-level diplomats and experts from Kenya, Estonia, Switzerland, Germany, Australia and Finland. The workshop was made possible thanks to the generous financial support from the Government of the UK and the AU Commission. Switzerland, Germany, and Australia made high-level experts available.

The workshop program can be found here. and covered the following areas:

  • Current international cyber security policy issues
  • National cyber security strategies
  • Current cyber security consultations and negotiation efforts at the global, regional and bilateral levels
  • Cyber security and international law
  • Norms of responsible State behaviour in cyber space
  • Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) and the role of international and regional organisations

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It is the fourth workshop organised by ICT4Peace, after conducting the same course for the ASEAN countries hosted by the Government of Singapore, in Bogota for Latin American Countries in cooperation with the Organization of American States, for 12 East African countries in Nairobi in cooperation with the Government of Kenya and at the Hague Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) hosted by the Government of the Netherlands.

See more photos from the event here.

Further information about the ICT4Peace Capacity Building Program for International Cyber Security Negotiations Program can be found here and here.

The next ICT4Peace workshop will be held for the Diplomatic Community in Geneva on 14 and 15 March 2016 at the Geneva Center for Security Policy (GCSP).