UN: USA, UK and Netherlands host meeting on global implementation of PNR and API data-gathering to "disrupt terrorist travel"

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USA, UK and Netherlands host meeting on global implementation of PNR and API data-gathering to "disrupt terrorist travel"
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"The United States, in partnership with the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, will host a side event on the implementation of Advance Passenger Information (API) and Passenger Name Record (PNR) requirements under UNSCR 2396. This event will gather government representatives, technical experts, multilateral partners, and other stakeholders to discuss the legal framework, effective policies, best practices, and observed challenges in developing and implementing the API and PNR requirement.

The goals of this event include:

• Assess Member States’ progress and challenges in establishing the proper framework to receive and manage PNR data ( i.e., legislative, technical, and budgetary) in requiring airlines operating in Member States’ territories to provide API to the appropriate national authorities and to develop the capability to collect, process, and analyze PNR data;

• Mobilize the United nations resources to better assess the technical assistance needs and challenges for member states, and better assist them in the development of capacitybuilding for the implementation of UNSC 2396 (2017);

• Promote best practices in identifying local, national and regional outreach opportunities, including with media, to raise awareness of and showcase implementation of the UNSCR’s obligations and commitments;

• Highlight Member State coordination with ICAO to develop new resources for member states, including within the standards and recommended practices (SARPs), for all Member States related to the collection and sharing of PNR, similar to ICAO’s decision on advance passenger information (API) to become an International Standard, following the adoption of UNSCR 2178 (2014) and 2322 (2016);

• Measure progress of the development of new relevant elements regarding the ICAOs PNR resources, within the Standards and Recommended Practice (SARPs)."

See: Disrupting Terrorist Travel: Implementation of Passenger Name Record (PNR) Advance Passenger Information (API) Requirements of UNSCR 2396: A UN High-level Conference of Heads of Counter-Terrorism Agencies of Member States Side Event Sponsored by the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands (pdf)

The meeting on PNR and API was one of three hosted by the USA at the end of June. The other two concerned "Lawful Access to Digital Data Across Borders and Database of CT Competent National Authorities" and "Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Foreign Terrorist Fighters and Violent Extremist Offenders." See: United States Hosts Experts Meetings on the Margins of the UN High-Level Conference of Counterterrorism Agencies (State Department, link)

Background: PNR for all: UN Security Council mandates worldwide air travel surveillance and profiling, biometric collection, terrorist watchlists (8 January 2018)

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