|Pressing global issues such as cyber warfare and water security came under scrutiny yesterday at the Forum of Young Parliamentarians in Ha Noi. — Photo IPU-132
HA NOI (VNS) – Pressing global issues such as cyber warfare and water security came under scrutiny yesterday at the Forum of Young Parliamentarians in Ha Noi.
The forum was part of the ongoing 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132).
Participants said various understandings of cyber warfare by different nations needed to be consolidated into a global definition of "cyber war" and "cyber crime" to clarify their danger.
They added that internet access and the boom in cutting-edge technologies led to cyber war and cyber crime that made every government, organisation and individual vulnerable, particularly youth.
To protect youth while maximising opportunities in the digital era, delegates suggested measures such as building a code of conduct on the Internet, issuing cyber-crime laws, promoting parental controls and stepping up education on responsibility.
First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Central Committee and President of the Viet Nam Students' Association, Nguyen Dac Vinh, asked the IPU to issue a joint statement calling on countries to avoid cyber war in any form against one another.
He also proposed the UN build an international treaty to encourage closer cyber co-operation among IPU member countries to ensure information security.
Young parliamentarians also highlighted water security for the world's growing population, increasingly complicated climate-change impacts, and mushrooming disease burdens.
They said there was a need to create efficient water-governance mechanisms, enhancing co-operation between governments and parliaments, and improving youth awareness of water security.
Vietnamese representatives suggested IPU members promulgate policies for sustainable management and use of water resources.
They should also promote consensus among countries sharing water resources in addressing disagreements, ratify and monitor the implementation of international conventions and agreements on the use and protection of water resources, and pay increased attention to water in parliamentary activities, the Vietnamese delegates added.
Proposals at the forum will be submitted to sessions of the Standing Committee on Peace and International Security and the Standing Committee on Sustainable Development, Finance, and Trade, as well as to the IPU-132 plenary session. — VNS