On 12 November 2018, at the UNESCO meeting of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF) and the first Paris Peace Forum, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, launched the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, a high-level declaration based on nine principles and common values to make cyberspace a free, secure and open place.
The Paris Call has become the biggest multi-stakeholder cybersecurity initiative in the world, with more than 1,100 supporters across the globe (governments, companies, civil society organizations, local governments and public authorities).
Cyberspace provides major opportunities for innovation, economic progress, cultural development and access to information. But with its development have come new threats: cybercrime, espionage, theft of personal data or confidential information, attacks against individuals and infrastructures, etc.
In order to ensure that fundamental rights and principles that are applied in the physical world are respected in cyberspace, governments must work together, but also collaborate with private-sector partners, the world of research and civil society.
Supporters of the Paris Call are therefore committed to working together to:
- Protect critical individuals and infrastructures from malicious cyber activities;
- Protect the availability and integrity of the Internet;
- Prevent interference aimed at undermining electoral processes;
- Defend intellectual property from cyber threats;
- Prevent the proliferation of malicious software and practices;
- Strengthen the security of digital products and processes;
- Improve cyber hygiene for all;
- Prevent non-state actors, including the private sector, from hacking-back;
- Strengthen international norms of responsible behaviour and confidence-building measures.
In the multi-stakeholder spirit of the Paris Call, an online consultation was held in 2020 to better understand the concerns and expectations of supporters. Contributions highlighted the desire of supporters to get more involved in efforts to strengthen the Paris Call community and to implement tangibly the principles structuring it.
To implement what the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs announced at the Paris Peace Forum in November 2020, six working groups, open to all of the supporters, were launched. Each of these groups is co-chaired by two or three supporters of the Call from different sectors and countries:
• Group 1: Expanding the community of supporters
Co-chairs: the Secretariat-General of the Paris Peace Forum and the National Democratic Institute
• Group 2: Involving stakeholders in emerging countries
Co-chairs: the Secretariat-General of the Paris Peace Forum and the State of Sao Paulo and Schneider Electric
• Group 3: Promoting a multi-stakeholder approach in UN cyber negotiations
Co-chairs: the Cybersecurity Tech Accord and AccessCyber.org
• Group 4: Advancing international norms
Co-chairs: Microsoft, F-Secure and the Centre for Cyber Security and International Relations Studies of the University of Florence
• Group 5: Creating a cyberspace stability index
Co-chairs: the Geopolitics of the Datasphere (GEODE) centre, the Hague Center for Strategic Studies and the CyberPeace Institute
• Group 6: Developing practical tools for supporters
Co-chairs: CIGREF network and Kaspersky
Preliminary work and results of these groups will be presented at the next Paris Peace Forum in November 2021.
For further information about the Paris Call or joining a group: contact at pariscall.international
Updated: February 2021