Global Conference on Cyber Space
The fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) was held in April 2015 in the Hague, the Netherlands. The establishment of the GFCE was one of the main outcomes of the GCCS2015.
About the GCCS
The past cyberspace conferences were organized in London (2011), Budapest (2012) and Seoul (2013) are sometimes referred to as the "London Process". During the conference in London, a series of principles were set up on how to govern behavior in cyberspace. The second conference in Budapest was focused on emerging issues in cyberspace, e.g. the relationship between internet security and internet rights. The most important outcome of the third conference in Seoul was the Seoul Framework for Commitment to open and Secure Cyberspace, which underlines the significance of universal internet access and emphasizes that people must be protected by the same rights online as they are offline.
The main outcome of the fourth conference in the Hague was the launch of the GFCE by 42 governments, intergovernmental organizations and companies. The fifth GCCS will take place on 23-24 November 2017 in New Delhi.
A multi-stakeholder initiative
During the launch GFCE members presented ten capacity building initiatives which they wanted to further develop under the umbrella of the GFCE. During his speech the host of the GCCS2015 Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Koenders emphasized the importance of a multi-stakeholder approach by the GFCE: “It is vital to include different stakeholders in a debate that could prove to be the next key dilemma in international security”. His colleague Dutch Minister of Security and Justice Mr. Van der Steur argued for the need of governments to learn and improve in cyberspace: “All will benefit from getting the knowledge and best-practices together in one platform”.