Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015 

16 - 17 April 2015 

The Hague, The Netherlands

Global Conference on CyberSpace 

16 - 17 April 2015


About the Global Conference on CyberSpace 2015

On 16-17 April 2015 the Netherlands hosted the fourth Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) in The Hague. Representatives from governments, private sector and civil society gathered in order to promote practical cooperation in cyberspace, to enhance cyber capacity building, and to discuss norms for responsible behaviour in cyberspace. GCCS2015 took place in the World Forum in The Hague.

Cyberspace unlocks enormous potential gains in wealth and welfare in an ever more connected society.

To be able to continue to benefit from the internet as an enabler for development and innovation, we must ensure the following:

  • maintain and develop safe ways to do business online
  • protect online freedom and combat crime related activities
  • promote international stability in the cyber domain


The Global Conference on Cyberspace 2015 brought stakeholders from various backgrounds together to discuss these challenges in a comprehensive manner. Only by working together globally can we guarantee that the most crucial piece of societal infrastructure of the 21st century will remain free, open and secure. In that way the full potential of the cyber domain can be used.

Key objectives

1. Support practical cooperation in cyberspace

The Conference sook to jointly develop practical worldwide responses to urgent challenges. Like tackling and prosecuting cybercrime, improving CERT cooperation and taking technical measures to safeguard the internet.

2. Promote capacity building and knowledge exchange in cyberspace

The Conference sook to launch a Global Cyber Resilience Initiative where all partners can share their cyber expertise and work together.

3. Discuss norms for responsible behavior in cyberspace

The Conference sook to build on the Seoul Framework to promote consensus on norms related to ensuring cybersecurity, combating cybercrime and dealing with threats to international stability. And promote international discussion on human rights and privacy on the internet.

Principles that guide the Global Conference on Cyberspace

The three preceding Global Conferences on CyberSpace (in London, Budapest and Seoul) established a set of principles on internet governance. The GCCS2015 took these principles a step further and worked them out in practical solutions to real and urgent challenges. The approach was pragmatic. We aimed to achieve solutions through the building of effective coalitions. The future of the internet should be discussed in a multi-stakeholder way: all those who have a stake in cyberspace must be able to participate. 

Art during the Global Conference on CyberSpace

During the Conference participants could look at contemporary art. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided the art by using photography from its own collection. Most notable was the video art, which shows moving images on large screens. The Ministry had this art on loan for the duration of the Conference. Also there were paintings which were on loan from the Cultural Heritage Agency.
More information on the art: facebook page of the Ambassador for Cultural Cooperation, and the website of the 'Vereniging Bedrijfscollecties Nederland' (VBCN).