Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

March 23, 2008 09:39 ET

Canada and Israel Sign Declaration to Cooperate on Public Safety

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL--(Marketwire - March 23, 2008) - Today, the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety Canada and Avi Dicter, Minister of Public Security of the Government of the State of Israel, signed a Declaration of Intent to enhance cooperation in the area of public safety.

"The Government of Canada is committed to enhancing the security of Canadians - both through our actions at home and with our international partners." said Minister Day. "Today's declaration demonstrates the longstanding cooperation between Canada and Israel on public safety issues, and we welcome this increased cooperation in order to improve our countries' capacity to protect our citizens."

This declaration will allow Canada and Israel to better enhance cooperation in the areas of organized crime, emergency management, crime prevention, and other related public safety concerns. The declaration seeks to establish a more structured framework for the continued cooperation on public safety issues between Canada and Israel.

"The Declaration of Intent is an opportunity for Canada and Israel to strengthen their commitment to safeguarding their citizens and respective national interests from common threats," said Minister Dicter.

For further information on the Declaration of Intent between Canada and Israel, please visit: www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

BACKGROUNDER

Declaration of Intent Between the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada and the Ministry of Public Security of the Government of the State of Israel

The Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada and the Ministry of Public Security of the Government of the State of Israel, declare their intent:

1. To prioritize and manage cooperation in the following areas within the responsibility of the Ministries:

(i) Border management and security, including biometric applications;

(ii) Correctional services and prisons;

(iii) Crime prevention;

(iv) Critical infrastructure protection;

(v) Emergency management;

(vi) Illegal immigration;

(vii) Law enforcement cooperation;

(viii) Money laundering;

(ix) Organized crime;

(x) Terrorist financing; and

(xi) Trafficking in persons.

2. To achieve the following objectives:

(i) Build on their shared commitment to facilitate and enhance cooperation to protect their respective countries' population, assets and interests from common threats;

(ii) Integrate and coordinate the identification, prioritization, and implementation of cooperative efforts between themselves in the area of public safety;

(iii) Manage the delivery of approved cooperative activities within the scope of this Declaration;

(iv) Establish clear lines of communication and points of contact between themselves as part of an ongoing process of dialogue and partnership in pursuing common goals;

(v) Share knowledge, experience, expertise, information, research, and best practices;

(vi) Identify and share public safety concerns on the basis of threats, risk assessments, priorities, vulnerabilities, and consequences; and

(vii) Facilitate technical exchange cooperation, including education, training, and exercises.

3. To establish a Management Committee that would:

(i) Be comprised of the Deputy Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada, and the Director General of Public Security for the Government of the State of Israel;

(ii) Meet annually and as needed to develop and approve a program of work, consistent with the scope and objectives of this Declaration, for that upcoming year;

(iii) Evaluate and approve progress and results of activities carried out under this Declaration from the previous year;

(iv) Identify officials from the Ministry of Public Security of the Government of the State of Israel and from the department and agencies for which the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada is responsible, to carry out, within specific timeframes, each of the items in the approved program of work;

(v) Be supported by a Senior Coordinator, namely, the Assistant Deputy Minister (Strategic Policy) for the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness of Canada, and the Deputy Director General for the Ministry of Public Security of the Government of the State of Israel; and

(vi) Have the Senior Coordinators ensure the delivery of the approved program of work and recommend new activities for the Committee's approval.

4. To bear respectively the costs that they each incur for performing, managing, and administering its activities under this Declaration;

5. To ensure the appropriate protection of all information, knowledge, expertise, etc. that is exchanged between them against any unauthorized access, alteration, publication, or dissemination; and

6. To protect any information, knowledge, expertise, etc. that is exchanged between them against disclosure to any third party with the same degree of care as they each exercise with their own information, knowledge, expertise, etc. of a similar nature;

It is understood that:

This Declaration is not intended to duplicate or supersede any existing arrangements between any departments and/or agencies of the Government of Canada and the Government of Israel; and

This Declaration is not intended to create legally binding obligations, under either domestic or international law.

Signed in duplicate at Tel Aviv, this 23rd day of March, 2008, which corresponds to the 16th day of Adar b'5768, in the English, French, and Hebrew languages with all texts being equally valid.

FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS OF CANADA

FOR THE MINISTRY OF PUBLIC SECURITY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863
    or
    Office of Avi Dicter
    Minister of Public Security of the Government of the State
    of Israel
    Shani Banker
    Press Secretary
    972 2 50 6272094