Representatives from governments, international organizations, and private sector gathered in Accra, Ghana today for the inaugural Global Conference on Cyber Capacity Building.
The landmark event saw the release of an action framework known as the Accra Call on Wednesday, November 29.
The conference, organized by the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, World Bank, Cyber Peace Forum and World Economic Forum, aimed to bring focus to the critical importance of cyber capacity building.
The highlight of the first day of the event was the endorsement of the new Accra Call by over 30 entities.
The action plan outlines 16 coordinated actions to strengthen cyber resilience and support development goals through capacity programs.
Companies like Microsoft and Interpol also voiced their support.
The Accra Call will promote cyber resilience across agendas, fuel partnerships, and unlock financing for implementation.
Areas of focus include tailoring investments to developing nation needs, fostering public-private collaboration, and integrating cybersecurity into sustainable development.
Progress will be reviewed at the next conference in 2025 which will be hosted in Switzerland.
The Accra conference marked an important step towards addressing the growing demand for cyber capacity building.
Through a cooperative global approach, leaders aim to ensure every country has the means to safely realize digital opportunities.
The following governments and organizations from all over the world endorse the Accra Call:
• European Union (EEAS)
• Global Partners Digital
• CyberPeace Institute
• Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams, Inc. (FIRST)
• Africa Youth Forum International
• Tonga Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT Tonga)
• Orizur Consulting Enterprise Pty Ltd
• Government of The Netherlands (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
• Government of the Republic of North Macedonia
• Royal Holloway University of London
• BAE Systems Digital Intelligence
• Cyber Intelligence And Security Aid Bureau - CISAB
• Mexico - Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Word of Life Permanent Mission Office to the United Nations (Office of the Special Envoy to Government)
• Global Cyber Alliance
• Republic of Slovenia
• West Africa ICT Action Network
• African Telecommunications Union (ATU)
• The Shadowserver Foundation
• African Union – David
• Estonia Ministry of Foreign Affairs