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23-Sep-2016 11:20 AM

United Nations Security Council adopts resolution on threats to aviation

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) adopted (22-Sep-2016) resolution 2309 (2016) concerning threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts against aviation. The UNSC called on states to work within ICAO to ensure that its international security standards are reviewed and adapted to effectively address the threat posed by terrorist targeting of civil aviation. The declaration states that the global aviation system is of vital importance to economic development and prosperity, and all States must strengthen, both individually and collectively, aviation security measures, in order to secure a stable and peaceful global environment. Under the resolution:

  • UNSC called on all States to strengthen and promote the effective application of ICAO standards and recommended practices, and to assist ICAO in continuing to enhance audit, capacity development and training programmes in order to support their implementation, given concerns about terrorist groups that are actively seeking ways to defeat or circumvent aviation security;
  • UNSC called for states to take actions to ensure that:
    • Effective, risk-based measures are in place at the airports within their jurisdiction;
    • Take all necessary steps to ensure that such measures are effectively implemented on the ground on a continuing and sustainable basis;
    • Ensure that such measures take into account the potential role of those with privileged access to areas, knowledge or information that may assist terrorists in planning or conducting attacks;
    • Urgently address any gaps or vulnerabilities that may be highlighted by ICAO or national self-risk assessment or audit processes;
  • UNSC added that States should strengthen security screening procedures and maximize the promotion, use and sharing of new technologies and techniques that maximize the capability to detect explosives and other threats. States that are able to do so are urged to assist in the delivery of effective and targeted capacity development, training and other necessary resources, technical assistance, technology transfers and programmes;
  • UNSC called on all states to strengthen their international and regional cooperation to boost information-sharing, border control, law enforcement and criminal justice to better counter the threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters and returnees;
  • UNSC also encouraged continued cooperation between ICAO and the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate on identifying gaps and vulnerabilities relevant to aviation security;
  • In addition, the UNSC requested its Counter-Terrorism Committee hold a special meeting within 12 months, in cooperation with ICAO, on the issue of terrorist threats to civil aviation. [more - original PR]

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