The Resolution 40-11 was adopted by the 40th Session of the ICAO Assembly. It requested ICAO to continue work on the development of tools to enhance security awareness and security culture, making it a priority and designating 2020 as the Year of Security Culture (YOSC).
With the COVID-19 pandemic severely impacting aviation in 2020, the ICAO Council decided to extend the YOSC to 2021.
Additionally, 2021 will commemorate the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 the worst acts of unlawful interference in the history of aviation. The importance of understanding the threat to aviation and promoting best practices in security throughout all aviation operations is therefore imperative.
In order to ensure the success of the YOSC, ICAO will focus on the following priority activities:
States, the United Nations family, International and Regional Organizations and industry are encouraged to support and promote the YOSC. All are invited to share with everyone in aviation security culture best practices, using ICAO's Security Culture Platform for that purpose; for example, the sharing of guidance material, toolkits, e-learning tools, short films, pamphlets and articles that establish and encourage a positive security culture.
All are also encouraged to support the implementation and delivery of practical security culture events and initiatives throughout 2021, and beyond, in aviation operations.
The Secretary General of ICAO, Dr. Fang Liu, inaugurated 2021 as the Year of Security Culture during the Closing Remarks* of the ICAO Global Aviation Security Symposium 2020 (AVSEC2020) on 18 December 2020.
The AVSEC2020 panels and presentations can be viewed on ICAO TV: