The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council has endorsed the first global aviation security plan.

The plan focuses on improving international coordination, response and planning to help counter threats to civil aviation passengers, aircraft, cargo and facilities.

ICAO Council president Dr Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu said: “This new strategic document will assist ICAO member states in their aviation security coordination with other states and applicable security agencies, as well as helping to nurture security cultures and capabilities, place greater focus on the role of new technologies and innovations, and refine related frameworks for oversight and quality assurance.”

In addition, the organisation has established a set of indicators and target dates.

Considering all new and emerging aviation security threats, every associated target and outcome will be reviewed and adjusted by ICAO on a regular basis.

“This new strategic document will assist ICAO member states in their aviation security coordination with other states and applicable security agencies.”

Aliu added: “The council has encouraged the ICAO Secretariat to continue refining and improving this critical living document, on the basis of close continued cooperation with states and security stakeholders globally, and with due attention to all applicable implementation assistance and capacity-building requirements in ICAO’s regions.”

ICAO Secretary General Dr Fang Liu said that the new global aviation security plan will be placed alongside the organisation’s existing global plans for aviation safety and system-wide capacity and efficiency.

The global aviation security plan directly addresses a wide range of resolutions and expectations regarding aviation security and terrorism that have been expressed to ICAO by the United Nations Security Council.

Liu also added that a roadmap outlining 94 tasks and 32 actions under five key priority outcomes will play a major part in the rollout of the new plan.