CIMUN Chronicle / Article / 2016

France’s Take on the EU Discussion of Protecting people in the Era of Technological Advancements

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The French viewpoint on the new discussions in the European Union relating to the relationship between the Sustainable Development Goals and the recent meddling in national elections is one to take note of.

As talks in the EU turn to the discussion of protecting people and states in the age of technology, some nations focused specifically on how technological advancements allow for the meddling of some countries, specifically Russia, in other countries’ elections. One P5 nation, France, had a strong opinion on said discussion.

In regard to the meddling in elections, France has had firsthand experience, as Russia has meddled with their recent elections on the cyber realm. As a result, France stated that preventing future meddling should be a priority for the committee. Specifically, France hopes to implement the “GOARN system, which stands for the Global Outbreak Alert Response Network, to coincide with the policies of the GDPR implementing fines for security breaches and an outbreak response network that will be alerting citizens of potential cyber breaches that are going on,” according to the French delegate.

Concerning the relationship between technology and UN Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions, the representative from France said it is imperative to “effectively collaborate our research and other information to utilize other countries,” specifically a “database to share information with European Officials and build up a EU-wide network to implement the goal.”

“When the Sustainable Development Goals were drawn up, they did not necessarily focus on how big cybersecurity would be in the future, therefore there should be changes made when re-evaluating the agenda in the future," said the representative from France. "However, we do feel that the current goals, although not directly related to technology, do indirectly impact the technological aspects of the world.”

Although the topics in the EU are not specifically related to the Sustainable Development Goals, the passed resolutions will undoubtedly have an effect on them. When elections are corrupt, people are unable to elect who they truly want and therefore the goal of peace, justice and strong institutions is not truly achieved.