New Delhi: In a landmark declaration at the end of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London on Friday, the leaders of the 53 countries agreed to work closely to evaluate and strengthen their cybersecurity frameworks and response mechanisms, and unanimously agreed to take action on cybersecurity by 2020.
A notification from the CHOGM termed the declaration as the world’s largest and most geographically diverse inter-governmental commitment on cybersecurity cooperation. This followed an announcement by the United Kingdom government deciding to pledge up to 15 million pounds to help the Commonwealth nations strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities.
The nations aim to tackle criminal groups and hostile state actors who pose a global threat to security. The Commonwealth leaders also expressed their strong support for the multilateral trading system and adopted a six-point connectivity agenda to boost trade and investment links. Other topics discussed included climate change, pollution, and over-fishing.