The Commonwealth Cyber Declaration was signed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London in 2018.
The Cyber Declaration sets out the commitments made by Heads of Government to support a cyberspace that promotes economic and social development, and rights online.
These commitments aim to build the foundations of an effective national cybersecurity response and to promote stability in cyberspace through international cooperation.
With the financial support of the United Kingdom’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Commonwealth Secretariat has worked on 4 distinct projects in order to implement the commitments of the Cyber Declaration across the Commonwealth.
The African Cyber Resilience project has focused in particular on the experiences of The Gambia, Kenya and Namibia and on reviewing and reforming their existing cyber legislation.
This has included drafting new cyber legislation for those countries which did not previously have a cyber-framework in place.
The Electronic Evidence Training in the Caribbean project provided the essential training for judges, prosecutors and cybercrime investigators throughout the Caribbean region. A further activity to train trainers included tutors from law schools in the Caribbean.
Feedback from these workshops suggests the implementation of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s training in local institutions’ curriculums would be beneficial so that participants can develop their knowledge more widely within their own organisations.
The International Co-operation project focused on the importance of cross-border co-operation in order to identify and fight cybercrimes or cybersecurity breaches.
This project resulted in:
The Election Cybersecurity project involved regional workshops held in Johannesburg, Sydney, and Trinidad and Tobago, reaching over 35 countries in total from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Asia-Pacific regions.
This project also involved the development and launch of the Commonwealth Best Practice Guide on Cybersecurity for Elections.
The Guide includes evaluations and recommendations from expert consultants on best practice across the Commonwealth.
Prior to the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration, the Commonwealth Secretariat undertook work on cybercrime and cybersecurity under the Commonwealth Cybercrime Initiative.