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Global Conference on Cyberspace in The Hague

On April 16th and 17th, The Hague hosted the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) 2015. Following the Afghanistan Summit and the Nuclear Security Summit 2014, the world convened once again in the international city of peace, justice and security. The two-day conference welcomed some 1,700 visitors from over 90 nations to the World Forum venue to discuss the latest global cyberspace challenges.

During the GCCS, ministers, companies, scientists and civil society organisations from all over the world met in The Hague to debate the importance of a free, open and secure internet. By investing in the international cooperation between public and private parties, The Netherlands not only improves its own digital security but also creates opportunities for economic growth and innovation. The foundation of the Global Forum on Cyber Expertise, an international cyber security agency to be headquartered in The Hague, is a major step forward in strengthening public-private partnerships.    

Previous editions of the Summit were held in Seoul (2013), Budapest (2012) and London (2011). The Hague won the bid to host the 2015 GCCS through the strong presence of cyber security organisations united in Europe’s largest security cluster: The Hague Security Delta (HSD). Together with the World Forum venue, The Hague has successfully facilitated numerous leading international conferences at the highest (security) level, showcasing the city as an ideal congress destination in the area of peace, justice and security.  

Marco Esser, director of The Hague Marketing: “It’s very rewarding to have hosted another world summit in our city. The presence of The Hague Security Delta is a deciding factor in the growth of the city’s global reputation in the area of security. It attracts business and more conferences, which is beneficial to the local economy. This conference, hosting 1,700 delegates, yielded significant additional business for hotels, restaurants and shops. It has once again highlighted The Hague as a prime international congress destination.” 

Michiel Middendorf, general manager World Forum: “This summit fits perfectly in World Forum’s new strategic positioning in line with the growing prominence of The Hague Security Delta. Far transcending mere location rental, we get closely involved in our clients’ content and make use of our excellent connections with policy makers, ministries and institutions.”

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