The Commonwealth countries have unanimously agreed to take action on cyber security by 2020. In a landmark declaration at the end of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London, the leaders of 53 countries agreed to work closely to evaluate and strengthen their cyber security frameworks and response mechanisms.
A release issued last night termed the declaration as the world’s largest and most geographically diverse inter-governmental commitment on cyber security cooperation.
It followed an announcement by the UK government pledging upto 15 million pounds to help the Commonwealth nations strengthen their cyber security capabilities.
It also aims to tackle criminal groups and hostile state actors who pose a global threat to security.
The leaders also expressed their strong support for the multilateral trading system and adopted a six-point connectivity agenda to boost trade and investment links across the Commonwealth.
They also agreed on a bold, co-ordinated push to protect oceans from the effects of climate change, pollution and over-fishing.