Some of the 500 participants arriving at ICAO on 10 October for the Eighth Symposium and Exhibition on MRTDs, Biometrics and Security Standards. The unique three day ICAO Symposium and vendor exhibition remains the pre-eminent global gathering in this field.


MONTRÉAL, 11 October 2012 – Over 500 participants assembled at ICAO today for the Eighth Symposium and Exhibition on Machine-readable Travel Documents (MRTDs), Biometrics and Security Standards.
 
The unique three day ICAO Symposium and vendor exhibition remains the pre-eminent global gathering in this field. The 2012 MRTD Symposium will address ICAO MRTD standards and specifications, identity management best practices and related border security issues. In addition, participants will explore global humanitarian assistance efforts where reliable identification and issuance of travel documents play an important role in post-disaster or post-conflict rehabilitation.
 
In anticipation of the 2013 ICAO Assembly, the Symposium will have a dedicated session on ICAO policy making and consultative procedures. The ICAO Secretariat will explain to government agencies how to ensure that they effectively communicate their views and priorities on travel document and border control issues, to make the voices heard and taken into account in the ICAO policy making process.
 
In particular, this session will address the 2013 Assembly work items related to travel documents and border controls, and explore the role of national ICAO points of contact.
 
A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States.
 
 
For more information, please contact:
 
Anthony Philbin
Acting Chief, Communications – International Civil Aviation Organization
 
aphilbin@icao.int - +1 (514) 954-8220
 
ICAO Newsroom: www.icao.int/Newsroom/