The Commonwealth Countries on April 21, 2018 unanimously adopted the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration. The leaders of 53 countries agreed to work closely to strengthen their cybersecurity frameworks and response mechanisms by 2020.
The declaration was adopted on the last day of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.
Commonwealth Cyber Declaration
• The adoption of the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration comes at a time when transnational cybercrime is increasingly becoming a challenge for global governments.
• The Commonwealth Cyber Declaration is regarded as the world's largest and most geographically diverse inter-governmental commitment on cybersecurity cooperation.
• As internet is increasingly becoming a means of central to global commerce, the Declaration sets out a shared vision of cyberspace in areas such as economic and social development and online rights.
• The declaration calls for a more active Commonwealth role in international discussions on global stability and cyberspace.
• It lays down the practical steps to advance the economic and social development by promoting digital inclusion and a safer cyberspace.
• Despite setting out all these work areas, the declaration calls for the continuation of various Commonwealth initiatives such as Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative (CCI) and Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO).
• The Commonwealth Secretariat, in collaboration with the CTO and the Commonwealth Parliamentary Associations, will provide technical assistance to countries on cybercrime and cybersecurity capacity building.
• Following the adoption of the declaration, the United Kingdom Government pledged investment of 15 million pounds to help the Commonwealth nations strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities and tackle criminal groups and hostile state actors who pose a global threat to security.
• The Commonwealth leaders also showed strong support for the multilateral trading system and adopted a six-point connectivity agenda to boost trade and investment links across the Commonwealth region.
• Countries also showed their agreement on a synchronized push to protect oceans from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-fishing.