Implementation Support — Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development — Cooperation with other United Nations Bodies

Cooperation with other United Nations bodies


ICAO has established partnerships with the UPU, the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Customs Organization (WCO) and the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling (ICM) of the University of Warsaw.


ICAO is co-chairing the Working Group on e-commerce set up by the World Customs Organization (WCO) to discuss in an open and constructive manner opportunities and challenges stemming from the growing trade in e-commerce. In 2018, ICAO joined the "eTrade for All" UNCTAD initiative to improve the ability of developing countries, and particularly least developed countries (LDCs), to use and benefit from e-commerce. Also, ICAO is in collaboration with the International Labour Organization (ILO) on collection of labour statistics by gender in aviation.


As part of the coordination with the UN Security Council Global Strategy, ICAO actively supports UN Security Council Resolutions 1373 (2001), 1624 (2005), 2178 (2014), 2309 (2016), 2341 (2017), 2368 (2017) and 2396 (2017).


In this regard, in May 2018 the ICAO Secretariat and the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) signed an Arrangement on Cooperation, which established the foundation of cooperation between both Organizations. Additionally, the ICAO Secretariat continues to assist UNCTED through participation in country on-site visits to evaluate UN States’ implementation of civil aviation counter-terrorism related resolutions, and to determine the efficacy of States’ aviation statutes, regulations, and policies. CTED continues to support ICAO’s efforts to ensure implementation of API systems remain at the forefront of States’ priorities.


The ICAO Secretariat continues to collaborate with the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (OCT), and in December 2018, signed an Arrangement on Cooperation, which solidifies the terms of collaboration between both organizations to strengthen the delivery of counter-terrorism capacity-building assistance. This includes: targeted capacity development; training and other necessary resources, such as technical assistance; and technology transfers and programmes. ICAO, as one of the entities of the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF), signed the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Coordination Compact and participated in the High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States in June 2018.


In cooperation with the UNOCT and UNCTED, ICAO has participated in the development of a Compendium of good practices – “The protection of critical infrastructure against terrorist attacks” and “The Responsible Use of Biometrics in Counter Terrorism”.


The signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), on 2 May 2018 in London aiming to provide a framework for cooperation and understanding, and to facilitate collaboration to further share goals and objectives in regard to improving the security of international air transport and trade, was the main achievement.

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