Intervention by Mr. Md. Rafiqul Alam Molla, Counsellor of Bangladesh at the 6th substantive session of the Open-Ended Working Group on security of and in the use of information and communications technologies 2021-2025 (OEWG), Regular Institutional Dialogue at CR-1, UNHQS, 15 December 2023

Thank you, Mr. Chair.

The Second APR laid a valuable foundation for regular institutional dialogue on responsible state behavior in cyberspace through a list of common elements.

Bangladesh’s position on Regular Institutional Dialogue is very clear. We reaffirm that a future mechanism for regular institutional dialogue would be a single-track, state-led, permanent mechanism under the auspices of the United Nations. It must be an open, inclusive, transparent, sustainable and flexible process which would be able to evolve in accordance with States’ needs and as well as in accordance with developments in the ICT environment. The foundation of the work of the future mechanism must be the consensus agreements on the framework of responsible State behavior in the use of ICTs from previous OEWG and GGE reports.

We recognize the importance of the principle of consensus regarding both the establishment of the future mechanism itself as well as the decision-making processes of the mechanism. And we highlight that all of these discussions related to the future mechanism should be discussed and determined under this OEWG.

In response to your guiding question on additional elements, my delegation proposes two points that we believe should be included:

  1. The future mechanism must be action oriented with specific focus on capacity building. It should incorporate a reporting system on the implementation of agreed-upon actions to ensure accountability and transparency.
  2. The mechanism must be inclusive and take proactive measures to facilitate the meaningful participation of smaller states and developing countries, ensuring that their views and perspectives are actively taken on board in its work.

I thank you.