Intervention by Mr. Md. Rafiqul Alam Molla, Counsellor at the 4th Substantive Session of the Open-Ended Working Group on security of and in the use of information and communications technologies 2021-2025 (OEWG), 07 March 2023 at CR-2

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

Bangladesh believes that maintaining international peace and security in cyberspace is a collective responsibility of all states.

As the use of new and emerging technologies continues to increase, so do the vulnerabilities to malicious exploitation. In this context, norms would serve as a guiding framework for ensuring stability and security in the use of ICTs.

By establishing clear standards and expectations, these norms can help mitigate the risks associated with emerging technologies and support a safer and more secure digital environment.

We believe that States should start implementing the existing 11 Rules, Norms and Principles as the basis for Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace.

The best way to put these norms into practice is through collective efforts between states to provide guidance on their interpretation and implementation.

Therefore, like many other delegations, Bangladesh emphasizes all states have the common and comprehensive understanding on these norms. We support the proposal form Canada in this regard.

Capacity building is of paramount importance in this regard. Developing countries are in critical need for support in order to developing the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to effectively implement the normative framework in cyberspace.

Bangladesh reaffirms the importance of regular information sharing between states on their experiences in implementing the Rules, Norms, and Principles of Responsible State Behaviour. In this regard, the global POC would be an excellent step to start with.

The group should discuss possible ways to enhance Member States’ capacities to respond effectively with regard to the norms and basic mechanisms for information exchange.

Bangladesh stresses the importance of implementing existing norms while the additional norms may be developed on the need basis. It should be seen as a continuous process of evaluating, updating, and recalibrating the norms, rather than a one-time exercise.

I thank you.