Aviation Security and Facilitation Policy Section
The Aviation Security and Facilitation Policy (SFP) Section of the Aviation Security Branch is responsible for the management of three closely inter-related programmes concerned with aviation security, facilitation and machine-readable travel documents (MRTDs).A primary activity is the development of new and amended Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for the security and facilitation of international air transport. These are promulgated in technical annexes to the Chicago Convention, specifically Annex 17 — Security, and Annex 9 — Facilitation. The Section also has a mandate to ensure the development of technical specifications for machine readable passports (MRPs), visas and official travel documents.
Among other things, the SFP Section manages its programmes by:
- developing and updating Annex 17 and Annex 9 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 and the Facilitation (FAL) Panel, as well as their respective working groups;
- updating and maintaining the ICAO Security Manual for Safeguarding Civil Aviation Against Acts of Unlawful Interference (Doc 8973) and Doc 9303 — Machine Readable Travel Documents;
- maintaining the Technical Annex to the Convention on the Marking of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection;
- providing support to the Ad Hoc Group of Specialists on the Detection of Explosives (AH-DE) and the International Explosives Technical Commission (IETC);
- managing and overseeing the work programme of the Technical Advisory Group on Machine Readable Travel Documents (TAG/MRTD) and its working groups;
- promoting implementation of security- and facilitation-related SARPs, and providing assistance to member States with the development of their MRP programmes; and
- providing support to various governing entities at ICAO, in particular the Assembly, Council, Air Transport Committee (ATC) and Committee on Unlawful Interference (UIC).
The SFP Section is also responsible for fostering cooperation on security and facilitation matters with other United Nations agencies and international bodies. Among the many entities with which the SFP Section coordinates its work are the UN Counter Terrorism Committee (UN CTC), World Health Organization (WHO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and Airports Council International (ACI).