Countries urged to support global security plan for civilian aviation

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Aircraft on runway. Photo: World Bank/Arne Hoel (file)

As aviation continues to be an "attractive target" for terrorists, countries are being urged to increase support for international efforts aimed at making the sector safer, the Security Council heard on Wednesday.

Dianne Penn reports on the briefing delivered to the 15 ambassadors by the head of the International Civil Aviation Organization, or ICAO.

ICAO has developed a Global Aviation Security Plan to counteract the threats posed by terrorism.

It outlines priorities such as enhancing risk awareness and response, improving oversight and quality assurance, and fostering innovation and cooperation.

Agency chief Dr Fang Liu told the Council that terrorists have made progress in exploiting vulnerabilities and circumventing measures currently in place.

She expressed concern over challenges, including greater reliance on computers and information technology, and the use of a type of surface-to-air missile launcher known as MANPADS, particularly in conflict zones.

The security plan, she stated, provides the foundation for strengthening aviation security worldwide.

"Therefore, all States are encouraged to strengthen their support to ICAO's work on aviation security, ensure the implementation of a Global Aviation Security Plan as a matter of high priority, and cooperate on a global, regional and national level to raise the level of effective implementation of global aviation security."

The Global Aviation Security Plan is expected to be approved later this year.

Dr Liu called on the Security Council to support its implementation by all UN Member States.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

Duration:  1’31″

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