Statement at a Third Committee Interactive Dialogue with UN Office on Drugs and Crime Division for Treaty Affairs Director Jean-Luc Lemahieu

Stephanie Greene
Third Committee Advisor New York, New York
New York, New York
October 11, 2021


Thank you, Mr. Chairman. On behalf of the United States, I thank you for your leadership as chair of this committee.

I want to thank the UN Office on Drugs and Crime for their work in developing global responses to crime prevention, criminal justice, and international drug control, especially under the conventions on drug control, corruption, and transnational organized crime.

Negotiations on a UN cybercrime treaty begin in January 2022. It is vital that a UN instrument be tailored to meet the actual challenges we face from cybercrime, and the central priority of the United States remains that it protects human rights and fundamental freedoms, and preserves an open, interoperable, secure, and reliable internet.

The United States supports global action to combat cybercrime and is committed to a negotiating process that is transparent, focused, and open to experts, including those in civil society, industry, and other fields.

A good faith negotiation guided by well-informed, consensus-based, and practical solutions can achieve a meaningful UN instrument that will support international efforts to combat cybercrime. We look forward to the open and robust exchange of views to come.

Thank you.