Welcome

Established in October 2020, the InterAgency Institute is a digital think tank, as a Research Collective, founded by a group of women, from the Global South and academic peripheries.

What do we do?

Our main focus is human security. We publish and talk within academia, international organizations and public opinion outlets.

Organisation

As a virtual think tank, we are built as a collective of researchers, integrated as members or affiliates. Members can vote for the integration of the new researchers and be elected annually for the Board.

Research

We do research and advocacy on security & social policy agendas that affect human rights and human-being.

Publications

Our main publication product is the IA Policy Brief Series, registered under the ISSN 2789-8040. Our other publications include Reports and Glossary, all part of our ZENODO library, under the European Union OPEN AIRE base.

Projects

Leading projects that are the focus of our next events and publications.

Current Projects

The InterAgency Institute (IA) and Lusófona University promoted in Lisboa, July 11th, the Conference “Armas autónomas letais, inteligência artificial e a lusofonia”. The event was supported by the campaign Stop Killer Robots, and was dedicated to the Portuguese-speaking countries. The conference videos are at the IA youtube channel.

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The InterAgency Institute (IA) participates as a civil society member advocating for the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects. Group of Governmental Experts on Emerging Technologies in the Area of Lethal Autonomous Weapons System. Geneva, 7-11 March, and 25-29 July 2022.

Stop Killer Robots - 2022

Latest News

IA invited to participate in the Paris Peace Forum

The Institute collaborated in a roundtable about cybersecurity

The InterAgency Institute took part in an expert roundtable during the 5th edition of the Paris Peace Forum, which took place in Paris earlier this month. “South-South Cooperation in Cyber Capacity Building and Good Practices” was organized by the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, launched at the 1st edition of the Paris Peace Forum, and of which the IA is a supporter. The panel was part of the program under one of the 7 priorities of the annual event: “Ensuring a safer and ethical digital world”.

During the discussion, the diverse panel of experts shared insights and multisector-based understandings toward strengthening South-South Cooperation in cyber capacity-building and sharing good practices.

In her statement, IA’s researcher Ana Duarte shared lessons and expectations about the Brazilian context and emphasized the need for multistakeholder cooperation to achieve human security in its broadest sense. She said:

We believe security in cyberspace is much more than a matter of cybersecurity. Cyber capacity building is key to the development and to the protection of human rights, as guaranteed by Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Paris Peace Forum was launched in 2017 as a platform to help foster cooperation. The 2022 edition of the forum, with the motto “Riding out the multicrisis”, hosted 4800 participants, among which 32 heads of state and government and leaders of international organizations at the Palais Brongniart, in Paris from 11 to 12 November.


Get to know the participant of the event:

South-South Cooperation in Cyber Capacity Building and Good Practices
Roundtable at the Paris Peace Forum
Friday 11 November 2022

Chris Painter
Président, Forum global sur l’expertise cyber
Theoneste Ngiruwonsanga
Project Manager in charge of Cybersecurity and Data Privacy, Smart Africa
Ana Beatriz Duarte
Research Lead, Interagency Institute
Eric Singer
Chief Information Security Officer EMEA, Schneider Electric
Brett Van Niekerk
Senior Lecturer, Durban University of Technology

UNTOC Review Mechanism

SE4U meeting – 19 OCT 22

Civil Society engagement has been a priority in the ongoing review mechanism of the UNTOC (Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime) under the UNODC. The InterAgency Institute is part of the WhatsOn initiative and the SE4U.

This COP 11 side event on “Partnership for UNTOC implementation – two-year assessment of Stakeholder Engagement in the review Process” showed the main milestones of UNODC’s work in engaging governments and non-governmental stakeholders in the UNTOC review process, including national dialogues on the same.

For a better understanding of the UNTOC review mechanism, we recommend reading the article: Rose, C. The Creation of a Review Mechanism for the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and Its Protocols’(2020). American Journal of International Law114, 1-51.

UN Resolution on HR

UN Meeting – Resolution A/HRC/51/L.25

The resolution A/HRC/51/L.25, “The human rights implications of new and emerging technologies in the military domain”, was submitted by Panama, Austria – was ADOPTED without a vote.

It was agreed by consensus, meaning all 47 members of the Human Right Council agreed to the resolution after amendments were made, as Ousman Noor, from Stop Killer Robots reports. It is of great importance that the discussions under the UN Human Rights Council include the agenda, despite the absence of progress in the CCW (Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons) review agenda. The document includes the following:

(…) the use of new and emerging technologies in the military domain, some of which rely on inter alia data sets, algorithms-based programming and machine learning processes, may, in certain circumstances, cause, contribute to or facilitate the commission of human rights violations and abuses (…).

UN Meeting Video