Inter-Parliamentary Union calls for action against cyberwar

By Truong Son, Thanh Nien News

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National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung delivers his speech at the 132rd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Hanoi on March 29. Photo: Truong Son National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung delivers his speech at the 132rd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly in Hanoi on March 29. Photo: Truong Son

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The increase in cyberattacks in terms of both frequency and intensity has prompted a demand for urgent regional and international cooperation to tackle the problem, delegates heard at the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly Sunday.

In a draft resolution on “Cyber warfare – A serious threat to peace and global security”, the IPU’s Standing Committee on Peace and International Security said legal systems do not have timely updates to cope with the rapid development of Internet-based technologies.

It is an urgent issue but what people know about cyberattacks is the mere tip of the iceberg, José Carlos Mahía of Uruguay said.

Nguyen Dac Vinh, chairman of the Vietnam Young Legislators Delegation, said there should be more action against cyberattacks.

“We recommend that the IPU should issue a statement calling on all nations not to make cyberattacks on each other in any form and that the United Nations should build an international agreement on network safety and security.”

Vinh also called for IPU member countries to step up cooperation in network security and strengthen their information security capacity.

The IPU’s Standing Committee on Peace and International Security urged members to use their legislative and supervisory authority to ensure the implementation of international agreements in using the Internet and ensuring information security.

The 132nd IPU Assembly and related meetings are being held until April 1 in Hanoi.

Under the theme “The sustainable development goals: Turning words into action”, the Assembly is discussing measures towards sustainable development and the process of achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

The IPU is also discussing water management, international laws, national sovereignty, human rights, gender equality, other problems of the United Nations, human rights of members of parliament, health care for mothers and children, HIV/AIDS, etc.

 

 

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