Minister Nicholson makes announcement following launch of Global Forum on Cyber Expertise
April 16, 2015 – The Hague, Netherlands – Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. for Niagara Falls, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today participated in the Global Conference on Cyberspace in The Hague, Netherlands, where he and his counterparts, other government representatives, as well as members of the private sector and civil society, highlighted the importance of a free, open and secure Internet.
Together, they discussed the tremendous economic and social benefits of a free and open Internet, as well as the rising threats emanating from cyberspace and malicious cyber activity that will require cross-border cooperation among stakeholders in order for all Canadians and citizens of the world to reap the benefits of a truly open Internet.
Through The Hague Declaration, this event also saw the launch of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise (GFCE), a global platform to coordinate and enhance international cyber capacity-building efforts. Canada joins this forum as a founding partner, and at the same time announces $3.3 million to support anti-cybercrime capacity-building initiatives in Central America and the Caribbean.
The Heads of Delegation of grieving nations, including Ukraine, also met on the margins of the Conference to discuss the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 tragedy and the ongoing investigation.
- The Global Conference on Cyberspace represents a platform to discuss challenges in cyberspace, including maintaining safe ways to do business online, protecting online freedom, combatting cybercrime and promoting international stability in the cyber domain.
- The GFCE is a flexible, action-oriented and consultative forum meant to evolve to meet contemporary challenges in cyberspace.
- The GFCE will complement efforts already under way in the field of cyber capacity and expertise building on bilateral, multilateral, multi-stakeholder, regional and international levels.
“The Internet has been a transformative tool that brings the world together and delivers enormous economic and social benefits. In order to preserve these unprecedented opportunities, the Internet must be a safe space to operate. That is why our government is continuously working at promoting Internet security, whether that means protecting Canada from foreign fighters, keeping predators away from our children or ensuring safe ways to do business.”
– Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs
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