Twenty nations struck a pact to neither conduct nor support the online theft of trade secrets and intellectual property.

The agreement was reached during the G-20 summit, held on Nov. 15 and 16 in Antalya, Turkey, where leaders pledged affirmation that “all states have a special responsibility to promote security, stability, and economic ties with other nations,” according to the G20 Leaders' Communiqué for the summit.  

The United Nation played a key role in developing the norms and context of the agreement, according to the report.

Last week, Alejandro Mayorkas, deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, met with Chinese officials to discuss the cybersecurity agreement that was set between the two nations in September. On Dec. 1  and 2 in Washington, D.C., representatives from the two nations will discuss cybersecurity on the ministerial level.