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Airplanes. ICAO and UNODC to strengthen joint security efforts

Targeting international trafficking and terrorist activities

ICAO Secretary General, Fang Liu, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Yury Fedotov, took an important step today to bolster global efforts targeting international terrorism and transnational crime.

The two leaders met in London to sign a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will now greatly enhance their cooperation and information sharing on security priorities relating to border control, law enforcement, and criminal justice.

The new MoU will build upon past cooperation initiatives between the two UN agencies, which have been working very closely and successfully together under the aegis of the UN Counter Terrorism Committee to develop the Advanced Passenger Information (API) programme and related guidelines. ICAO sets the international standards for API, and the programme also has practical implications for the UNODC’s Airport Communication Project (AIRCOP), which is pursued in partnership with World Custom Organization (WCO) and the International Police Organization (INTERPOL).

The new agreement is expected to bolster the agencies’ efforts to respond in a coordinated way to new and emerging challenges, such as evolving security requirements and increased international mobility. It also recognizes their shared priorities towards more sustainable travel facilitation solutions, including travel document security, citizen identity management, and the international standardization of passenger data exchange.

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