From 2 – 8 June 2020 and 14 – 17 July 2020, the UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme*, conducted two virtual deep-dive assessment missions to Côte d’Ivoire and Botswana respectively, in the areas of passenger data exchange and countering terrorism.
The Botswana and Côte d’Ivoire deep-dives form part of a series of assessments that CTED is leading under the programme’s “All-of-UN” initiative led by the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism in partnership with the UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the UN Office of Information and Communication Technology (OICT) and INTERPOL.
The missions’ purpose was to gain an in-depth understanding of Côte d’Ivoire and Botswana’s capacities to implement Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) in order to detect, identify and prevent the movement of foreign terrorist fighters and serious criminals in their attempts to cross international air borders, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017) and 2482 (2019). Further, the Côte d’Ivoire deep-dive was conducted on the basis of recommendations made pursuant to the Counter-Terrorism Committee’s comprehensive visit to Côte d’Ivoire in 2018.
Since becoming a partner of the Programme, CTED has led seven “All-of-UN” deep-dive assessment missions. Following each deep-dive, CTED, in co-operation with the Programme partners, uses the findings from the mission to develop a national API and PNR implementation “Roadmap” for the Member State, which is a single document that sets out all steps needed to implement API and PNR accompanied by tailored recommendations on how the State can implement each of these steps in full compliance with the requirements and objectives of Security Council resolutions 2178 (2014), 2396 (2017), 2482 (2019) and other relevant international standards and obligations. The “Roadmap” also sets out specific areas of technical assistance that can be provided to the Member State by the programme.
*The UN Countering Terrorist Travel Programme is co-funded by generous contributions from the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the European Union, the State of Qatar, the United States of America, Australia, Japan, and the Republic of India.