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ICT4Peace was invited to participate in Munich Security Conference’s (MSC) Cybersecurity Summit Silicon Valley 2016 on 19 and 20 September 2016. When discussing the issue of capacity building in Cybersecurity, ICT4Peace’s Daniel Stauffacher, speaking from the floor, reiterated the importance of capacity building to build a safer global cyberspace and especially the need to also include the developing and emerging economies in the debate at the UN and elsewhere, on norms, rules and principles of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace and the promotion of confidence building measures (CBMs) to prevent an escalation of cyber-attacks. He expressed his concern, that despite numerous efforts, cybersecurity capacity building has still not sufficiently entered the international development cooperation debate, neither in the context of the UN SDGs, nor e.g. in the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OCDE in Paris.

Daniel Stauffacher informed the audience that ICT4Peace has been carrying out Workshop Courses since 2014 on Cybersecurity Policy and Diplomacy for technical and diplomatic personnel in cooperation with the Organisation of American States (OAS), African Union (AU), ASEAN, OSCE, East African Countries, GCSP, CMLV Countries. But he also stressed that more resources need to be invested in this important sector.