Global Aviation Security Plan
The Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP) was approved at the seventh meeting of the 212th Session of the ICAO Council (212/7) on 10 November 2017 and presents an ambitious goal-based plan that commits ICAO, States and the industry collectively to significantly improve aviation security by 2030, consistent with the direction provided by the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly.
The GASeP was approved for immediate implementation and adopted as a “living document”. It will remain so as ICAO continues to welcome State feedback to enable the Organization to assess any further improvements that can be made to the Plan. Moreover, to ensure the GASeP incorporates lessons learned from regional conferences (2017-2018), the Secretary General announced in Council (212/7) that a global High-level Conference on Aviation Security will take place in 2018. The Conference will focus on the GASeP aspects which would be presented to the 40th Session of the ICAO Assembly.
Developments pertaining to Annex 17 — Security and related guidance
The latest edition of Annex 17 including Amendment 15 was published in April 2017 with an applicability date of 3 August 2017. State letter AS 8/2.1-17/90 dated 6 July 2017 was circulated to States and concerned international organizations for comments on proposed Amendment 16 to Annex 17, which includes provisions on information sharing and communication, passenger and cabin baggage screening and security controls for in-flight supplies. Proposed Amendment 16 to Annex 17 will be presented to the ICAO Council for adoption during its 213th Session and is envisaged to become applicable in November 2018.
The 10th Edition of the ICAO
Aviation Security Manual (Doc 8973 — Restricted) was published. Updated in collaboration with the AVSEC Panel to assist States in the implementation of new and updated provisions of Annex 17, including those found in Amendment 15, it incorporates all material developed since the publication of the 9th edition. Of particular interest is new and/or updated guidance material on the following subjects: security of landside areas of airports; staff screening and vehicle screening; and cyber threats to critical aviation systems.
Universal Security Audit Programme (USAP) — Continuous Monitoring Approach (CMA)
A total of 26 USAP-CMA on-site and documentation-based audits were conducted in 2017, as well as two missions to validate the removal of Significant Security Concerns (SSeCs). In addition, an ICAO auditor participated in an airport inspection conducted by a European Commission inspection team.
During 2017, six preliminary SSeCs were identified in two States, but these were addressed by the States concerned, with the assistance of ICAO, prior to being published on the USAP secure portal. Meanwhile, two other States were able to satisfactorily resolve or mitigate their outstanding SSeCs. Seven unresolved SSeCs in three States remain posted on the USAP site.
The continued voluntary contributions from States, including Canada, Chile, China, Japan, the Republic of Korea and the United States, allowed the provision of assistance to States throughout 2017 under the framework of the ICAO Aviation Security Assistance and Capacity Building Strategy. The voluntary funds have been used to deliver targeted assistance, conduct needs assessments, implement Aviation Security Improvement Plans (ASIPs), and provide fellowships for State participation in regional workshops and training events. The voluntary funds were also used to update ICAO’s aviation security training and assistance materials and to fund staff positions to ensure the effective application of aviation security and facilitation support. These positions included one funded by Canada, nine funded by the United States and two funded by the Human Resources Development Fund. In addition, six secondments were provided by States, these being one from China, one from the European Union, three from France and one from Japan.
Under the assistance provided to States for the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme (TRIP) strategy, and in line with the
No Country Left Behind (NCLB) initiative, efforts to link the needs of States with ICAO expertise and the donor community continued to be successful, through notably the implementation of the second ICAO TRIP project funded by Canada “Strengthening Border Control Management in the Caribbean Region.”