Identification management, travel document security and border controls are central to the current global security agenda considering the continuous rise of irregular migration, trans-border crime and terrorism. The ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (ICAO TRIP) Strategy is designed to assist Member States in addressing those threats, further to contributing to international efforts to create a sustainable security foundation, while fostering economic development and good governance.
In coordination with the Implementation and Capacity Building Working Group (ICBWG) of the Technical Advisory Group and the ICAO Technical Cooperation Bureau (TCB), the Facilitation Section has engaged with Member States to support them in meeting their international obligations on the Standards and Recommend Practices (SARPs) outlined in
Annex 9 — Facilitation to the Chicago Convention and the specifications in ICAO
Doc 9303, Machine Readable Travel Documents (MRTDs).
In recent years, the assistance was carried out to over 80 States and International Organizations, ranging from clarifying MRTD specifications and interpreting requirements, to full-scale technical assessment, consultation, training deliveries and regional seminars.
ICAO closely collaborates with the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) for implementing the
UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy and the UN Security Council resolutions related to counter-terrorism, notably the resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005) and 2178 (2014). As one of the 40 specialized entities of the CTITF, ICAO is partnering with other organizations such as the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and other relevant CTITF parties to implement the ICAO TRIP Strategy and more broadly to assist States in meeting their international obligations and tackle the threat of terrorism.
Since 2011, through the Anti-Crime Capacity Building Program (ACCBP) and the Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building Program (CTCBP), the Government of Canada has funded three ICAO's initiatives to assist Member States.
Those three project were structured around three types of activities:
1) ICAO TRIP Regional Seminars for gathering representatives from Ministry of Interior, Border police, Civil Aviation Agency, Civil registry and Immigration with the objectives of:
2) Technical assessment missions, which are performed in-country by a team of senior experts during with the goal of identifying best practices and vulnerabilities in State processes and systems related to the ICAO TRIP Strategy. Those missions are not ICAO audits but rather an opportunity for the State to benefit from the expertise of the assessment team during the mission and obtain recommendations to further implement the ICAO TRIP Strategy.
The objectives of the assessment missions are to:
3) Development of trainings, according to the TRAINAIR PLUS Methodology and in partnership with the ICAO
Global Aviation Training (GAT). As such, ICAO has developed the ICAO Training Package “Control of the Authenticity and Validity of Travel Documents at Airport Borders – Level I”, The purpose of this course is to consolidate the competencies of front-line inspection officers to examine travel documents effectively, allowing them to expedite the movements of legitimate travellers while intercepting high-risk individuals and persons of interest. For more information on the course, please visit:
For more information on assistance needs and technical cooperation,
contact the nearest ICAO Regional Office.