Third expert group meeting (EGM) on “Lawful Access to Digital Data Across Borders: Towards the Standardization of Requests for Digital Data across Borders in Counter- Terrorism and Organized Crimes Cases”

From 14 – 15 November 2019, the United Nations Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), will hold the third expert group meeting (EGM) on digital evidence, which is organized within the framework of CTED/UNODC/IAP global initiative on digital evidence across borders. This EGM is jointly organized by CTED, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) and the Internet and Jurisdiction Policy Network.

The third EGM will consist of two days of consultations with relevant stakeholders, including practitioners with expertise in national legal frameworks and/or statutory or administrative power to request service providers to preserve electronic evidence; as international organizations; and CSPs, including small tech platforms. The aim of the discussions will be to strengthen participants’ understanding of current issues relating to access to electronic evidence; bolster international cooperation between the public and private sectors and across jurisdictions in this area; and enhance the integrity of electronic evidence in the cross-border context. Participants will be invited to provide inputs on the feasibility of standardizing requests for digital evidence across borders and on other ways to facilitate cooperation between law-enforcement agencies and CSPs.

On Friday, 15 November 2019, in Conference Room 12, from 10.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m., there will be an informal briefing for Member States at United Nations Headquarters.

The concept note for the EGM can be accessed here.

The draft agenda for the EGM can be accessed here.

Additional information about the closed informal briefing can be accessed here.

Invitation to the Official Launch of the Revised UN Integrated DDR Standards (IDDRS), 19 November 2019, 10:00-12:00pm, ECOSOC Chamber

Dear colleagues, 

The United Nations Inter-Agency Working Group on Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration (IAWG-DDR) is delighted to invite you to the official high-level launch of the revised United Nations Integrated Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Standards (IDDRS) on 19 November 2019, from 10:00am to 12:00pm in the ECOSOC Chamber at UNHQ, New York.

The event, entitled “Journey for Peace and Development”, will be held simultaneously in New York and Geneva and is divided in two segments. A first common high-level segment (during which New York and Geneva will connect via VTC), will be attended by the Chef de Cabinet, USG Maria Luiza Viotti, representing the Secretary-General, the co-chair Principals of the 25-member IAWG, USG DPO Jean-Pierre Lacroix and UNDP’s Administrator Achim Steiner in New York, as well as UNOG Director-General Tatiana Valovaya in Geneva. High-level representation is also expected from other IAWG members, Member States, regional organizations and external partners.

First published in 2006, the new set of IDDRS have undergone a comprehensive review process over the past two years against the backdrop of the evolving nature of conflict. This launch seeks to present the updated UN policy and guidance for the design and implementation of DDR processes, and to outline the interlinkages with other frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals and the Action for Peacekeeping (A4P) initiative.

The launch of the revised IDDRS represents a significant milestone in DDR policy and practice, and will focus on presenting the new UN approach to DDR to UN and non-UN stakeholders. Please find attached a short concept note with additional information on the event.

Kindly confirm your participation to the event through this link.  

If you have any queries in regards to the event, please reach out to the DPO/OROLSI/DDR Section focal point Mr. Ntagahoraho “Gaho” Burihabwa (

We look forward to welcoming you.

Concept note: English, French, Spanish

Best regards,

The IAWG-DDR team