UNICEF and National Cybersecurity Authority announce new partnership to keep children safe online

10 November 2022
UNICEF and National Cybersecurity Authority announce new partnership to keep children safe online
National Cybersecurity Authority

Riyadh, 10 November 2022 – UNICEF and the National Cybersecurity Authority (NCA) of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today signed a Memorandum of Understanding laying the groundwork for collaboration at the regional and global levels on child protection in Cyberspace.

The agreement, signed at the NCA-hosted Global Cybersecurity Forum in Riyadh, recognizes the two parties as strategic partners in ensuring that children can take advantage of all the opportunities of Cyberspace while mitigating and responding to risks and harm.

“UNICEF is delighted to partner with the National Cybersecurity Authority,” said Sanjay Wijesekera, Director of Programme Group at UNICEF. “Our shared objective of ensuring that every child is protected from risks associated with digital technologies will help co-design and co-implement impactful contributions to a safer internet for children.”

An estimated one in three internet users globally is a child. At the Global Cybersecurity Forum, UNICEF called on participants and all those working in the cyber domain to consider children’s distinct capabilities, needs and rights as they embark on policy and technological development. The best interests of the child should be a primary consideration in all actions regarding the provision, regulation, design, management and use of the digital environment.

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