For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
March 23, 2005
Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America Security Agenda
We are launching the next generation of our common security
strategy to further secure North America and ensure the streamlined
movement of legitimate travelers and cargo across our shared borders.
To this end, Canada, the United States, and Mexico will work together
to ensure the highest continent-wide security standards and streamlined
risk-based border processes are achieved in the following priority
1) Secure North America from external threats
Develop and implement a North American traveler security
strategy, to include consistent outcomes with compatible processes, for
screening prior to departure from a foreign port and at the first port
of entry to North America.
Develop and implement a North American cargo security
strategy to ensure compatible screening methods for goods and cargo
prior to departure from a foreign port and at the first point of entry
to North America.
Develop and implement a North American bioprotection
strategy to assess, prevent, protect, detect, and respond to
intentional, as well as applicable naturally occurring threats to
public health and the food and agriculture system.
2) Prevent and respond to threats within North America
Develop and implement a strategy to enhance North
American maritime transportation and port security.
Develop and implement a strategy to establish equivalent
approaches to aviation security for North America.
Develop and implement a comprehensive North American
strategy for combating transnational threats to the United States,
Canada, and Mexico, including terrorism, organized crime, illegal
drugs, migrant and contraband smuggling and trafficking.
Enhance partnerships on intelligence related to North
Develop and implement a common approach to critical
infrastructure protection, and response to cross-border terrorist
incidents and, as applicable, natural disasters.
3) Further streamline the secure movement of low-risk traffic
across our shared borders
Develop and implement a border facilitation strategy to
build capacity and improve the legitimate flow of people and cargo at
ports of entry within North America.
Identify, develop, and deploy new technologies to advance
our shared security goals and promote the legitimate flow of people and
goods across our borders.