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Commonwealth Countries Adopt Commonwealth Cyber Declaration

Published on April 22, 2018
At the conclusion of the CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) in London, the Commonwealth countries have adopted the Commonwealth Cyber Declaration.

  • Commonwealth countries have agreed to work closely together to strengthen their cybersecurity frameworks and response mechanisms by 2020.
  • The declaration is considered as world’s largest inter-governmental commitment on cybersecurity cooperation.


The Declaration aims to tackle criminal groups and hostile state actors who pose a global threat to security. The declaration sets out a first-time common vision for the Commonwealth to ensure that the internet remains open and free.

Key Facts

  • 53 commonwealth countries have agreed to work closely to evaluate and strengthen their cybersecurity frameworks and response mechanisms.
  • With the internet increasingly central to global commerce, the Declaration sets out a shared vision of cyberspace in areas such as economic and social development, and online rights.
  • The Prime Minister of UK has announced that the UK government will give up to £15 million to the Commonwealth countries to help them strengthen their cyber-security capabilities and help tackle cyber-criminal groups.
  • The new funding will support Commonwealth partners as they prevent and respond to cyber-security risks affecting governments, businesses and citizens.
  • Before the next CHOGM in 2020, £5.5 million of this money will be used to enable low and middle income Commonwealth members to carry out national cyber-security capacity reviews.
  • It will underpin projects across the Commonwealth to provide technical assistance, training and advice to address a wide range of cyber-security and cyber-crime threats.
  • With transnational cybercrime becoming an increasing challenge for the world, the Commonwealth countries are taking a lead role to combat cybercrime and promote good cybersecurity.
  • By promoting digital inclusion and a safer cyberspace, the declaration sets out practical steps that will enable the countries to advance their economic and social development.
  • The Commonwealth countries commit to support businesses to implement appropriate measure to protect themselves and their customers from cybersecurity threats.
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