Press release on the results of the meeting of the SCO Expert Group on International Information Security

Press release on the results of the meeting of the SCO Expert Group on International Information Security

On November 12, Moscow hosted a regular meeting of the SCO Expert Group on International Information Security. Ambassador at Large of the Foreign Ministry and Special Presidential Representative for International Cooperation in Information Security Andrei Krutskikh chaired the meeting.

Leading experts on international information security from SCO member states, as well as representatives of the SCO Secretariat and the Executive Committee of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS), attended the event.

The sides discussed the most topical matters of multilateral and regional cooperation on international information security between SCO member states.

They agreed to further coordinate their positions on international information security and internet governance within the UN, as well as at other key specialised international venues and forums.

They reaffirmed their readiness to jointly advance draft Russian resolutions of the 74th Session of the UN General Assembly, namely, Developments in the Field of Information and Telecommunications in the Context of International Security and Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes, by SCO member states at the UN General Assembly.

The sides noted the importance of further strengthening collaboration in order to maintain international information security under the relevant 2009 inter-governmental agreement. For these purposes, they discussed a draft joint statement by the SCO heads of state in this area, due to be adopted after the SCO Heads of State Council (HSC) Meeting in 2020.