Ambassador Nathan Sales Advocates an ICAO Standard for Passenger Name Records (PNR) at High-Level Aviation Security Conference

Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism Nathan Sales called for the development of an ICAO standard for Passenger Name Records (PNR) at ICAO’s 2nd High-Level Conference on Aviation Security in Montreal on November 29-30, 2019.  He reminded ICAO and its member states that UN Security Council resolution 2396 obligates member states to develop the capability to collect, process, analyze, share, and protect passenger name record (PNR) data and urges ICAO to work with its Member States to establish a standard for the collection, use, processing and protection of PNR data.  PNR data has proven to be an important tool for detecting and preventing terrorist attacks on civil aviation targets and for combatting transnational crime.  Ambassador Sales addressed ICAO and member state officials at a special side event focused on expanding the use of PNR and afterwards delivered a formal proposal for ICAO’s development of a PNR standard at the high-level conference.  In turn, the conference recommended that ICAO and its Member States continue collaborating with the UN agencies involved in counter-terrorism, with a view to implementing UN Security Council resolution 2309 and give further consideration to how passenger information can be better used to inform, assist, and support aviation security objectives, including the promulgation of ICAO Standard(s) regarding the collection, use and analysis of PNR data, in line with UN Security Council resolution 2396.

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