U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
September 23, 2019
Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan, Dutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok, and Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, co-hosted the second Ministerial Meeting on Advancing Responsible State Behavior in Cyberspace, on the margins of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York. Twenty-six countries joined the United States to sign a statement highlighting their joint commitment to ensuring greater accountability and stability in cyberspace.
Deputy Secretary Sullivan led a discussion with senior leaders on how countries must work together to be more effective in responding to and deterring significant disruptive, destructive, and otherwise destabilizing malicious cyber activity. For more than a decade, the United States has made great progress in building consensus around responsible state behavior in cyberspace at the UN focused on international law, nonbinding peacetime norms, and confidence building measures. The signatories of the joint statement pledged to work together voluntarily to hold countries accountable when they act contrary to this internationally accepted framework.
The Deputy Secretary emphasized that responsible state behavior in cyberspace should be guided by international law, adherence during peacetime to non-binding norms of state behavior, and implementation of practical confidence building measures.
The United States welcomes additional signatories to the joint statement. For full text of the joint statement, please visit: https://www.state.gov/joint-statement-on-advancing-responsible-state-behavior-in-cyberspace/.
Additional work on this topic at the UN is expected at the 2019-2020 Open Ended Working Group and 2019-2021 Group of Governmental Experts, as the United States continues to build international cooperation in order to promote and maintain an open, interoperable, reliable, and secure cyberspace.