UN, ICAO hold special meeting on terrorist threats to civil aviation

Baku, July 10, AZERTAC

At a Special Meeting convened by the Counter-Terrorism Committee (CTC) of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu underscored the key priorities to be addressed as the two organizations work to cooperate more effectively on mitigating terrorist threats to international civil aviation.

“Foreign terrorist fighter movements, landside attacks, threats posed by insiders and airport staff, and the use of increasingly sophisticated improvised explosive devices are all significant concerns,” Dr. Liu noted, “and our expanding reliance on information technology in all areas of aviation – from navigation to communications to security – exposes us to cyber threats.”

“We must ensure that those who can counter these threats are well prepared to take the appropriate action to deter, detect, and prevent such attacks.”

In her remarks to the CTC, Dr. Liu stressed that meeting the objectives of Resolution 2309 requires that States’ Aviation Security authorities have sufficient access to current threat information. She also noted that additional challenges persist regarding the sharing of threat and risk information internally in many countries, and stressed the importance of new and existing ICAO tools to help address these concerns, such as its Global Aviation Security Plan and Global Risk Context Statement.

The outcomes of this Special Meeting are to be presented to the UN Security Council this coming September.

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