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Statement delivered by Italy’s Deputy Permanent Representative Ambassador Gianluca Greco at the Global Roundtable on ICT security capacity building


Mr. Chair,

Italy fully aligns itself with the statement delivered by the European Union and would like to add some considerations in its national capacity.

First of all, I would like to thank the Chair, for convening this roundtable on ICT security capacity building, a topic which plays a key role in bridging the digital divide between and within countries. That is a commitment we all aim to, while responsibly pursuing the SDGs.

The upcoming Summit of the Future and the significant documents our leaders will sign on that occasion should invite us to raise the bar of our common efforts to the benefit of developing, emerging countries and future generations.

Italy proudly carries out capacity building activities both at bilateral level and through international institutions. We regard regional dimensions as winning solutions that make any initiative more successful.

Italy is guided by a demand-driven approach and is willing to continue to coordinate and, where possible, unite its efforts with others who share our objectives to assist countries that need to improve their capacity to address the multiple challenges of cybersecurity and resilience. We will also aim to fully integrate cybersecurity into digital development, as highlighted by the Accra Call for Cyber Resilient Development. To this end, we will continue to cooperate with International Financial Institutions, in particular the World Bank, and the private sector. Effective public-private partnerships may be instrumental to maximize the impact and achieve results.

Capacity building in the field of ICTs and cyber security also represents a valuable confidence building measure, insofar as it helps creating a better understanding among countries as well as contributing to international stability.

At a time when the digital environment continues to be a contested space, we recognize the importance of working altogether on these issues, particularly within the Open-Ended Working Group. A multi-stakeholder approach is as


relevant as ever. Mapping national activities and experiences can help to achieve common goals and learn from each other. That is why we appreciate any effort aimed at rationalizing information-sharing processes and web portals. We look forward to the next OEWG sessions, due to take into consideration proposals on the table on these topics, and to the preparation of the annual report of the OEWG.

Looking to the future, we are convinced of the necessity of a single-track, permanent, inclusive and action-oriented mechanism and we believe that the Programme of Action will constitute the best framework for further promoting the responsible State behavior in cyberspace and facilitate CCB.

Ladies and gentlemen, to conclude, we are confident that today’s event will enrich the ongoing debate and will contribute to shape a better future with a more secure digital environment.

I thank you Mr Chair