Aviation Security Policy Section
The Aviation Security Policy (ASP) Section of the Aviation Security and Facilitation Office is responsible for the development of new and amended Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for the security of international air transport. This is promulgated in the technical annex to the Chicago Convention, specifically Annex 17 — Security.
Among other things, the ASP Section manages its programmes by:
- developing and updating Annex 17 to the Convention on International Civil Aviation (also known as the Chicago Convention);
- managing and overseeing the work programme of the Aviation Security (AVSEC) Panel as well as its working groups;
- updating and maintaining the ICAO Security Manual for Safeguarding Civil Aviation Against Acts of Unlawful Interference (Doc 8973);
- maintaining the Technical Annex to the Convention on the Marking of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection;
- providing support to the International Explosives Technical Commission (IETC);
- promoting implementation of security-related SARPs; and
- providing support to various governing entities at ICAO, in particular the Assembly, Council and Committee on Unlawful Interference (UIC).
The ASP Section is also responsible for fostering cooperation on security matters with other United Nations agencies and international bodies. Among the many entities with which the ASP Section coordinates its work are the UN Counter Terrorism Committee (UN CTC), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI).