CTED and ICAO reaffirm strong partnership in aviation security
"With a robust identification management system and an effective passport issuance process in place, terrorists and other fugitives would have great difficulty crossing borders," said CTED Deputy Director Weixiong Chen at the opening session of the Ninth Symposium and Exhibition on Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs), Biometrics and Border Security held in Montreal, Canada, from 22 to 24 October 2013.
The event was organized by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which sets standards and regulations for MRTDs and is implementing a traveller identification programme strategy.
Speaking about these two areas of ICAO's work, Mr. Chen said that they are "the best approach to helping States meet their international obligations under Security Council resolutions 1373 and 1624."
These Security Council resolutions call on States to take effective measures to secure borders and prevent the movement of terrorists.
"We believe that a national comprehensive and integrated counter-terrorism strategy should include policies and operational measures to enhance aviation security," said Mr. Boubacar Djibo, Director of ICAO's Aviation Transport Bureau.
ICAO and CTED work together to help States improve the identification management process, as well as to meet new and emerging challenges in combating terrorism and ensuring aviation security.
They cooperate in a wide range of areas, including in country assessment mission, identification and promotion of good practices, and facilitation and provision of technical assistance to States to enhance their counter-terrorism capacity-building.