Ad Hoc Committee for countering the use of ICT for criminal purposes: First session
Location: Online Event
28 Feb 2022 - 11 Mar 2022
About the Ad Hoc Committee
Through its resolution 74/247, the General Assembly decided to establish an open-ended ad hoc intergovernmental committee of experts, representative of all regions, to elaborate a comprehensive international convention on countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes, taking into full consideration existing international instruments and efforts at the national, regional and international levels on combating the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes, in particular the work and outcomes of the open-ended intergovernmental Expert Group to Conduct a Comprehensive Study on Cybercrime.
Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 74/247, the ad hoc committee convened a three-day organizational session in May 2021, in New York, in order to agree on an outline and modalities for its further activities, to be submitted to the General Assembly at its seventy-fifth session for its consideration and approval. The organizational session was originally scheduled to take place in August 2020 but due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Assembly decided through first its decision 74/567 of 14 August 2020 and then 75/555 of 15 January 2021 to postpone the organizational session of ad hoc committee to 10-12 May 2021.
The ad hoc committee elected the Officers of the Committee and discussed an outline and modalities for its further activities at its organizational session.
On May 26 2021 the General Assembly adopted resolution 75/282, entitled "Countering the use of information and communications technologies for criminal purposes."
In the same resolution, the General Assembly decided, inter alia, that the Ad Hoc Committee shall convene at least six sessions, of 10 days each, to commence in January 2022, a concluding session in New York, and conclude its work in order to provide a draft convention to the General Assembly at its seventy-eighth session; it further decided that the Committee shall hold the first, third and sixth negotiating sessions in New York and the second, fourth and fifth sessions in Vienna, and shall be guided by the rules of procedure of the General Assembly.
In its decision 76/552, the General Assembly decided to postpone the first session of the Ad Hoc Committee, scheduled to be held from 17 to 28 January 2022, due to the ongoing situation regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), that the Ad Hoc Committee shall hold a one-day meeting in New York as soon as possible for the purpose of addressing organizational matters; and that the Ad Hoc Committee shall hold its first negotiating session in New York no later than 18 April 2022, health conditions and space permitting.