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National Security top of the agenda in London this week

For release 27 March 2017

National Security top of the agenda in London this week

Dr Shane Reti MP will represent New Zealand this week at the International Parliamentary Conference on National Security and Cybersecurity in London, the United Kingdom.

The Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament, Rt Hon David Carter, said “last week’s appalling events served as a stark reminder of the evolving security threats the world now faces. Although centered in London, terrorism’s reach is global and so must our approach be. Therefore, this important Conference is a timely opportunity for parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth to come together and respond to the cowardly attack in a considered, positive fashion.

Mr Speaker explained “It is the duty of Members of Parliament to take a proactive role in strengthening national security processes. At the core of an MP’s role is the responsibility to legislate, ensure policy oversight, budget approval, and community engagement. MPs must use their privileged positions to positively influence national security and cybersecurity strategies to ensure they are fit for purpose. New Zealand will benefit from collaborating with leading global security experts and sharing best-practice on the implementation and oversight of security laws with our Commonwealth friends.”

The Conference is hosted by the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK Branch on behalf of the UK Parliament and brings together over 90 parliamentarians from across the diverse Commonwealth. Dr Reti will Chair a session on economic security and contribute to discussions on peacekeeping and international intervention, defence expenditure, counter-terrorism, and the balancing act between privacy and protection.

A central outcome of the Conference will be the launching of an Electronic Handbook for Parliamentarians on Cybersecurity and Cybercrime. The comprehensive Handbook brings together case studies and expert advice, and is the product of regional workshops across the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and the Caribbean.

The conference runs from 27 March to 31 March 2017.

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