The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) moved closer to endorsing the pioneering Global Aviation Security Plan to enhance international coordination, response, and planning to respond to threats to civil aviation passengers, cargo, aircraft and facilities.
“This new strategic document will assist ICAO Member States in their aviation security coordination with other States and applicable security agencies, as well as helping to nurture security cultures and capabilities, place greater focus on the role of new technologies and innovations, and refine related frameworks for oversight and quality assurance,” said ICAO Council President Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu.
Indicators and target dates have also been set, and all associated targets and outcomes will be consistently examined and amended, making sure to take into account new and emerging aviation security concerns.
“The Council has encouraged the ICAO Secretariat to continue refining and improving this critical living document, on the basis of close continued cooperation with States and security stakeholders globally, and with due attention to all applicable implementation assistance and capacity building requirements in ICAO’s Regions,” Aliu added.
Prior to its first assessment of the new Global Aviation Security Plan in June 2017, the Council permitted its communication to ICAO Member States and international organizations for comment. 96% of the responses were in agreement with its range and purpose, as well as the related strategies and global targets, which will continue to be polished.
“The ICAO Secretariat has developed this strategic document on an accelerated basis to answer the call of ICAO’s Council and Member States and the respective commitments and actions of national governments will now be essential to its overall impact and value,” said ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu.
“This new Global Aviation Security Plan will now take its place alongside ICAO’s existing Global Plans for aviation safety and system-wide capacity and efficiency, and importantly it directly responds to various resolutions and expectations regarding aviation security and terrorism which have been expressed to ICAO by the United Nations Security Council,” she added.
The ICAO Global Aviation Security Plan calls for action at the global, regional and national levels by States, industry and other stakeholders in raising the level of implementation of Annex 17 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation – Security.
Secretary General Liu also confirmed that a roadmap describing 94 tasks, accompanying 32 actions under five key priority outcomes, will be crucial to the new Global Plan’s roll out. These lay the groundwork for goals over the next three years until the 40th Session of the ICAO Assembly in 2019.