ICAO expands cooperation with the United Nations

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ICAO expands cooperation with the United Nations
Source: ICAO
February 15, 2022

The joint objective is to promote initiatives to combat terrorism in international civil aviation 


ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar recently signed a new cooperation agreement with the United Nations Office on Terrorism (UNOCT) to further promote joint cooperation against terrorism in order to strengthen air transport security , trade and international borders. management.
Formalized on February 12, 2022 with the UNOCT Deputy Secretary-General, Mr. Vladimir Ivanovich Voronkov, the agreement builds on ICAO's key role in supporting the implementation of the United Nations Global Strategy against terrorism (A/RES/75/291) and numerous Security Council Resolutions on counter-terrorism, aviation security and facilitation (identity management and border control). In addition, it is expected to maximize results related to Member States in a variety of ICAO/UNOCT areas of interest, including initiatives related to unmanned aircraft systems (drones) and cyber security.
Highlighting ICAO's commitment to continue working with UNOCT on the implementation of the UN Global CT Strategy, Mr. Salazar noted the particular importance of “future capacity-building efforts under the Model Program of threat assessment to support States in improving their national information sharing”. mechanisms, threat assessments and risk-based decision making”. 
“This Cooperation Agreement exemplifies the 'All United Nations' approach to supporting member states in the implementation of critical counter-terrorism projects. It further strengthens information sharing between the two partners and leverages each other's expertise to optimize the impact of capacity-building efforts to counter terrorist travel and protect civil aviation and critical infrastructure,” said Mr. Voronkov. .
The UNOCT agreement was the result of a series of bilateral commitments that Secretary-General Salazar made at UN headquarters this week to strengthen cooperation and improve alignment with UN-wide counterterrorism initiatives. 
Discussions related to United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (UNCTED) Acting Executive Director Weixiong Chen focused on protecting soft targets and critical infrastructure, border management and law enforcement. ICAO is notably assisting CTED by participating in on-site visits to assess States' counter-terrorism implementation in relation to United Nations Security Council resolutions. 
Mr. Salazar highlighted the enormous importance and positive influence of these activities, while Mr. Chen highlighted the critical importance of ICAO's specialized expertise and support “in determining the effectiveness of States' regulations and policies and providing recommendations to improve capacity building, particularly related to aviation security and API and PNR provisions.” 
In a further meeting with the Chairman of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC), Ambassador TS Tirumurti, Mr. Salazar highlighted the importance of the CTC's invaluable support to ICAO in reaffirming ICAO's leadership role and increase understanding of the vital importance of aviation security and facilitation among Member States. 
While ICAO has also established strong and effective partnerships to effectively respond to threats posed by terrorists, conduct cooperative activities, and share information and experience, the Secretary General stressed that these may be insufficient without the support of Member States. 
“Countries must be equally willing to cooperate with each other and share the necessary information. Successful implementation of ICAO's security-related Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) depends on common and consistent approaches to dealing with threats by governments,” he highlighted. 
The success of these meetings builds on several years of close cooperation between ICAO and United Nations organizations related to counter-terrorism that has evolved to ensure that ICAO lives up to its commitments under the United Nations Charter. United Nations, Chapter VII: Action with respect to threats to the peace, Violations of the Peace and Acts of Aggression, the relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions and the aforementioned United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy.

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