Open briefing on preventing the misuse of travel documents by terrorists and on activities to prevent terrorism

The Counter-Terrorism Committee of the Security Council held a high-level open briefing on 25 April at UN Headquarters on preventing the misuse of travel documents by terrorists, traveller identification management and document security. The broader issue of terrorism prevention was also discussed at the event.

The Security Council has called on States to strengthen their borders and enhance passenger screening to prevent terrorists from crossing international lines. However, not all States are checking national and international law enforcement databases. Forged or fraudulent identity papers and travel documents, too, have allowed terrorists to travel in the past, a flaw that should be corrected to minimize the terrorist threat.

CTED, INTERPOL, ICAO and other international entities have been active on this front. UNODC has a global terrorism prevention programme.

The Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, the Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee, the Secretary-General of the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), and the Secretary-General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) opened the three-hour meeting.

Mr. Ronald Noble, the Secretary General of INTERPOL, highlighted in the first session the importance of timely and correct traveller identification by States in stopping potential terrorists or terrorist activities at the earliest stage possible - before leaving the country. Existing international law enforcement databases allow States to detect the use of stolen or lost travel documents.

Mr. Raymond Benjamin, the Secretary General of ICAO, focused on the issue of travel-document security and introduce their Traveller Identification Programme, which calls for a holistic approach to identification management at borders.

In the second session of the day, UNODC Executive Director Yuri Fedotov explored his organization's role in terrorism prevention.

In his closing remarks, Assistant Secretary-General Jean-Paul Laborde, head of CTED, talked about ways in which the Committee and CTED assist Member States in implementing Security Council provisions meant to stop terrorists from moving across borders.

Background Paper on Traveller Identification and Travel Document Security
Opening Statement by the Chair of the Counter-Terrorism Committee(CTC)
Remarks by the Deputy Secretary-General of the U.N.
Statement by the Secretary General of INTERPOL
Statement by the Secretary General of ICAO
Statement by the Executive Director of UNODC
Closing Remarks by the Executive Director of CTED

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