Ad Hoc Committee against Cybercrime
Firstly, allow me to express Iceland's full solidarity with Ukraine. Our thoughts are with innocent people in Ukraine who suffer a brutal, unprovoked attack by Russia. Iceland condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the Russian invasion, which is in flagrant violation of international law and the UN charter. Iceland reiterates its unwavering support of the sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, within its internationally recognized borders.
Thank you and the Secretariat for your tireless efforts in preparing us for this first session of the Committee.
Our societies are increasingly reliant on a free, open, and safe digital environment; it is an integral part of our lives, connecting people, communities, and economies. But it also makes us more vulnerable to criminal acts, disinformation, and surveillance. Cybercrime is on the rise and does not respect any borders; targeting individuals, businesses, and governments; that's why we need to strengthen international cooperation to address this global challenge.
I will now highlight some of the key elements which Iceland believes should guide the work of the Ad Hoc Committee.
Firstly, we need to fully respect human rights and fundamental freedoms - in order to ensure a free, open, and safe digital environment.
Secondly, on that note, we need to take into account the particular impact of cybercrime on women and girls, and in general be mindful of the role of victims of cybercrime.
Thirdly, we should develop a practical tool that assists law enforcement and judicial authorities in fighting global cybercrime.
Fourthly, a new instrument should complement existing international and regional agreements.
Finally, we should be open and transparent during our negotiations, drawing on the experience and insight of various stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, academia, and the private sector.
Thank you, Madam Chair.