Baku Declaration of the High Level Ministerial Meeting
BAKU DECLARATION OF
THE HIGH LEVEL MINISTERIAL MEETING ON
CHALLENGES OF A HYPERCONNECTED WORLD”
5 November 2012
We, participants of the High Level
Ministerial Meeting on “Addressing the challenges of a Hyperconnected World” held
in Baku on 5th November, 2012,
Believe that as the
world is now in the Information Era wherethe Internet and information
communication technologies (ICTs) have become a crucially important part of human
life. High-speed internet connectivity, broadband services and applicationsare
essential for modern society as they offer economic growth and social benefits.
importance of broadband infrastructure we understand that broadband
internet should be accessible to all as it can help to bridge the digital
divide and improve social, policy and development outcomes all over the world. Nevertheless,
spreading broadband infrastructure within developing countries is very
problematic and challenging and therefore remains out of reach for many
believe that the ICTs combined with broadband can significantly improve
the public service system such as:education system, financial services and
healthcare as well as empowering women and improving the quality of life especially
in developing countries.
Recognizing the need for high-speed broadband internet
connectivity we are also aware that cyber-crime is a real issue that needs to
the importance of cyber space and reaching milestones on the road towards
assuring greater global cyber security we recognize the growing risk and increased frequency of
cyber attacks that could cause severe disturbance to the flow, access and usage
of information on the Internet.
Stressing the need to facilitate human
and institutional capacities to provide effective measures and applying every
effort to minimize the threats and insecurities related toonline activity,
Fostering protection of children,
security and privacy on the Internet through international cooperation,
Strengthening measures to detect and prevent illegalactivities
and put into place accountability for such activities on the Internet,
Thereupon acknowledging the potential vulnerability of software services and systems, we
undertake the task of reducing the potential hazards that countries might experience,
and to improve policies to secure internet-based activities.
Encouraging international cooperation in the ensuring
global cyber security and combating incoming cyber threats,we believe that it is
essential to make it priority for all countries and stake holders including
governments to work together with the goal of building a safe information
society for all nations and people.
Noting that the world is becoming hyperconnected
and the Internet is having a huge impact on the way that information is
gathered and shared, more and more people find it necessary to use the Internet
and their dependency on online services is growing constantly. Therefore the provision
of open and free internet access as well as freedom of expression online is increasing rapidly
and becoming ever more important.
we believe that the Internet
Governance Forum and the multi-stakeholder model are essential toensure a sustainable,
robust and open global Internet
We trust that, in order to protect universal human
rights online,governments all over the world should take the necessary steps
to protect the free flow of information and enhance freedom of expression on the Internet.
With this Declaration, we, participants of the High Level Ministerial
Meeting on “Addressing the Challenges of a Hyperconnected World” coinciding with
IGF, call upon all countries to mobilize their capacities to ensure that
above-stated intentions are fulfilled.