MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE COUNCIL OF ICAO MR. ROBERTO KOBEH GONZÁLEZ ON THE OCCASION OF INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION DAY

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International aviation has a long history of helping to create and preserve friendship and understanding among the nations and peoples of the world. 

Celebrated annually on 7 December, International Civil Aviation Day highlights the economic and social contribution of air transport to our global society.

The theme of this year’s event is “Safe, secure and sustainable aviation for our planet”.  

With 2.3 billion passengers a year on more than 26 million flights worldwide, air transport is by far the safest mode of mass transportation ever created. 

In the spirit of continuous improvement aimed at enhancing safety even further, our work never ends. Today, attention is focused on the greater sharing of information among governments and industry to identify and resolve potential safety issues before they become accidents.

The profile of aviation demands that the most comprehensive and effective security systems are developed and employed.  Terrorism is a global problem that requires global solutions implemented in a harmonized manner around the world. ICAO assures that the systems constantly evolve as the threats change.

States and industry are committed to working together in tightening security measures while simplifying procedures to reduce the burden on both passengers and airlines.  Every effort is made to prevent illegal acts against aviation, passengers and cargo, and the full force of the legal system is brought to bear on those involved.

Aviation represents a minor source of greenhouse gas emissions, yet has demonstrated its global leadership by adopting the first shared global commitment to increase fuel efficiency and stabilize global CO2 emissions in the medium-term at a sectoral level.

Looking forward, aviation aims at a 2 per cent annual fuel efficiency improvement up to the year 2050, a CO2 standard for aircraft by 2013, market-based measures for limiting emissions, and support for States in implementing their action plans to contribute to the global effort. Combined with other technical, operational and political commitments, aviation is well on its way to building a carbon neutral future.

Uniting aviation has been the mission of ICAO since its creation in 1944. Given the complexity and scope of the challenges, governments and industry must leverage the same high degree of collaboration and effort that has been the hallmark of ICAO throughout its history. Only by working together can the collective goal of “Safe, secure and sustainable aviation for our planet” be maintained.

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SINGAPORE PARTNERS WITH ICAO ON AVIATION SECURITY LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT SEMINAR

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To promote sharing of aviation security knowledge and expertise globally, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish the ICAO-Singapore Aviation Security Leadership and Management Seminar (LAMS). Mr. Raymond Benjamin, Secretary-General, ICAO, and Mr. Yap Ong Heng, Director-General, CAAS, signed the MOU today.
This high-level Seminar will be developed with ICAO and run by the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA), the training arm of CAAS. It aims to equip senior management of the civil aviation authorities and industry with the knowledge and expertise on aviation security to enable them to effectively carry out their responsibilities as decision-makers. The Seminar also aims to enhance States’ and industry players’ understanding of ICAO aviation security objectives and priorities, international aviation security developments and international best practices.

The Seminar is targeted at the senior management of governmental aviation organizations, airport authorities, airlines, other relevant aviation industry organizations, and international aviation organizations. The Seminar will be conducted at SAA, and facilitated by aviation security instructors from ICAO and Singapore. The Seminar is scheduled to have its inaugural run in the third quarter of 2011.

Mr. Benjamin, who is in Singapore under the CAAS Distinguished Visitors Programme (DVP), emphasised the need for such high-level Seminars to enhance global understanding and cooperation in protecting civil aviation from security threats. “Civil aviation threats such as terrorism are global problems that require global solutions. Security measures must therefore be uniform and consistently enforced in all countries to be effective. This can only be achieved with the full cooperation of States, in collaboration with key stakeholders, including industry partners”.

“Singapore is honoured to partner ICAO in establishing the Aviation Security Leadership and Management Seminar. This Seminar is timely in the light of the evolving security threats and the developments in aviation security globally. It will significantly contribute to States enhancing their aviation security preparedness and capabilities”, said Mr. Yap.

About the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 190 Contracting States.
 
 

 

 

ICAO and Recent Developments in Civil Aviation Security

At the recent 37th Session of the ICAO Assembly held in Montréal in September/October 2010, Member States endorsed a Declaration on Aviation Security and adopted a proactive Comprehensive Aviation Security Strategy. More recently, the Council of ICAO adopted the 12th amendment of Annex 17 (Security) to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, improvements specifically aimed at strengthening air cargo security measures. In September, a diplomatic conference held in Beijing, under the auspices of ICAO, adopted two treaties to further criminalise acts of unlawful interference against civil aviation.

 
 

About the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS)
 
 

The mission of the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is to “Grow a safe, vibrant air hub and civil aviation system, making a key contribution to Singapore’s success”. CAAS’ roles are to oversee and promote safety in the aviation industry, develop the air hub and aviation industry, provide air navigation services, develop Singapore as a centre for aviation knowledge and training, and contribute to the development of international aviation.
 Founded in 1958, the Singapore Aviation Academy (SAA) is the training arm of CAAS. Over the past 50 years, SAA has established itself as a renowned centre of learning in aviation. It continuously introduces new programmes to address the needs of aviation professionals at all stages of their careers.
 

 

In 2000, SAA was conferred the prestigious Edward Warner Award by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for its eminent contribution as a centre of excellence in international civil aviation training. To date, SAA has trained more than 52,000 participants from 190 countries. SAA has currently four specialised schools – School of Aviation Management, School of Civil Aviation Safety and Security, School of Air Traffic Services and School of Airport Emergency Services.

Website : http://www.saa.com.sg

About the CAAS Distinguished Visitors Programme (DVP)
The CAAS Distinguished Visitors Programme (DVP) was established in 2000 to honour outstanding leaders and experts in international civil aviation. The DVP is customised for the invited personality and serves as a unique opportunity for the personality to gain a first-hand understanding of Singapore’s civil aviation landscape, and exchange views with senior transport officials and industry players in Singapore.
 
 

 

For more information, please contact:
Mr. Denis Chagnon
Communications Officer – ICAO
Office : 1.514.954.8220
Mobile : 1.514.212.1323
Email : dchagnon@icao.int

Ms. Nadine Kang
Senior Executive (Corporate Communications)
Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore
DID : (65) 6541 2085
Mobile : (65) 9617 7699
Email : nadine_kang@caas.gov.sg

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ICAO BRINGS POSITIVE AND CONCRETE RESULTS TO THE UNITED NATIONS CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE IN CANCUN, MEXICO

The remarkable achievements of international civil aviation in addressing climate change and the shift in approach of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) from policy setting to implementation will be the focus of ICAO’s participation in the Sixteenth Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 16) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which gets under way Monday, 29 November. 

A comprehensive Resolution on aviation and climate change adopted on 8 October by the 37th Session of the ICAO Assembly makes international aviation the first sector with a shared global commitment to environmental goals of increasing fuel efficiency and stabilizing its global CO2 emissions in the medium term.  Included are: a global aspirational goal of 2 per cent annual fuel efficiency improvement up to 2050; development of a CO2 standard for aircraft by 2013; a framework for market-based measures; and concrete steps to assist States to contribute to the global efforts.

Full text of the Assembly Resolution is available on the ICAO website:

http://www.icao.int/env/A37_Res19_en.pdf.

A review of ICAO’s environmental programme is highlighted in a short video on the home page of ICAO’s website: www.icao.int.

For additional information on ICAO’s environmental policies and programmes, or to arrange for interviews in Cancun, please contact:

Denis Chagnon
Revenue, Coordination and Communications Office
E-mail: dchagnon@icao.int
Tel
: + 1 (514) 954- 8220 (office)   
Tel: + 1 (514) 212- 1323 (mobile) 

Sue-Ann Rapattoni
Revenue, Coordination and Communications Office
E-mail: srapattoni@icao.int
Tel
: + 1 (514) 954- 8221 (office)
Tel: + 1 (514) 212- 1051 (mobile)

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MR. MERVYN GERARD FERNANDO APPOINTED PRESIDENT OF ICAO TECHNICAL BODY

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MONTREAL, 24 November 2010 ─ The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), acting in accordance with its Rules of Procedure, has unanimously appointed by secret ballot Mr. Mervyn Gerard Fernando, of Singapore, to a further one-year term as President of the Organization’s Air Navigation Commission (ANC), beginning 1 January 2011.

Mr. Fernando was initially appointed President of the ANC in 2010. He has been a member of the Commission since 2006 and of the permanent mission of Singapore to ICAO since 2004, in the capacity of technical expert.

Mr. Fernando is an air traffic management expert with 30 years of operational air traffic control and airspace management experience.

Prior to his posting to the Singapore mission to ICAO, he served as the Chief of Singapore Changi Airport Control Tower where he was notably responsible for the provision of air traffic control services in the handling of about a quarter million international aircraft movements annually.

As an air traffic control manager from 1995 to 2002, Mr. Fernando was in charge of various aspects of airspace planning and management, search and rescue (SAR) services, civil/military coordination and airspace coordination with neighboring States. 

During his career, he was actively involved as a key member in various ICAO projects, to revamp airway structures for greater airspace safety, efficiency and capacity over the Bay of Bengal and South China Sea, and to develop contingency routes from Asia to Europe through Middle East airspace, arising from the conflicts in the Middle East.

Overall, Mr. Fernando has contributed extensively to the efforts of ICAO and other international fora to improve safety and efficiency in the air navigation field.

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ICAO STRENGTHENS AIR CARGO SECURITY MEASURES

PIO 16/10

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MONTREAL, 17 November 2010 ─ The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has adopted more stringent air cargo security standards, as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance the overall security of air transport operations worldwide.

The new measures emphasize more extensive screening of cargo, mail and other goods prior to placing them on board aircraft and better protection from unauthorized interference from the point where security controls are applied until departure of the aircraft.

Also included is the strengthening of provisions related to the deployment of security equipment, the security of air traffic service providers, training programmes and instructor certification systems, and cyber threats.

The updated security requirements are contained in the 12th revision of Annex 17 (Security) to the Convention on International Civil Aviation, adopted today by the Council of the Organization.

“This latest revision to the Security Annex has been in development for some time and reflects our determination to constantly review and adapt ICAO security standards to address a rapidly evolving security situation. It also complements a number of recent initiatives to significantly increase the level of aviation security, in a proactive and concerted manner,” said Mr. Roberto Kobeh González, ICAO Council President.

The recent 37th Session of the ICAO Assembly unanimously adopted a Declaration which identified a number of areas where States committed to working together, in cooperation with the industry, on security issues. These include air cargo security, screening technologies to detect prohibited articles, strengthening international standards, improving security information-sharing and providing capacity-building assistance to States in need. 

A diplomatic conference, held in Beijing in September 2010 under the auspices of ICAO, adopted two international air law instruments for the suppression of unlawful acts relating to civil aviation.

The two treaties further criminalize the act of using civil aircraft as a weapon, and of using dangerous materials to attack aircraft or other targets on the ground. They also provide for the unlawful transport of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, and their related material, to be punishable. Making a threat against civil aviation may also trigger criminal liability. 

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ROBERTO KOBEH GONZÁLEZ RE-ELECTED AS COUNCIL PRESIDENT

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PIO 15/10

MONTREAL, 15 November 2010 ─ Roberto Kobeh González was re-elected today by acclamation, for a second three-year term, as President of the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).  

“Our priority for the coming triennium is the implementation of the comprehensive and groundbreaking initiatives adopted recently by the 37th Session of the ICAO Assembly, all designed to further improve the safety, the security and the environmental sustainability of international civil aviation,” said Mr. Kobeh González in his acceptance remarks.

“We will do so as the central institution for global governance in civil aviation, by continuing to exercise our leadership in a spirit of cooperation with all stakeholders, so that safe and secure air transport can continue to play a determining role in the sustainable development of our global society. This is what is expected of us and this is what we will deliver.” he added.

 Mr. Kobeh González first assumed office as President of the Council on 1 August 2006, after having been elected to complete the mandate of Dr. Assad Kotaite, who retired on 31 July of that year. He was elected for a full term following the 36th Session of the ICAO Assembly held in late September 2007. 

 Mr. Kobeh González served as Representative of Mexico on the Council of ICAO from January 1998 until his election as President in 2006. 

NOTE TO EDITORS: Mr. Kobeh González’s curriculum vitae is available on the ICAO website:

www.icao.int/icao/en/pres

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Diplomatic Conference Adopts Beijing Convention And Protocol

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PIO 07/10

Montreal, 10 September 2010 – Under the auspices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a diplomatic conference in Beijing composed of representatives from 77 States adopted two international air law instruments for the suppression of unlawful acts relating to civil aviation.

The two instruments adopted by the Diplomatic Conference on Aviation Security held from 30 August to 10 September are the Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Relating to International Civil Aviation and the Protocol Supplementary to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft.

Since the 1960s, a number of treaties on aviation security have been concluded under the auspices of ICAO. These legal instruments criminalize acts against international civil aviation, such as hijacking and sabotage, and facilitate the cooperation between States to make sure that such acts do not go unpunished. The treaties adopted in Beijing further criminalize the act of using civil aircraft as a weapon, and of using dangerous materials to attack aircraft or other targets on the ground. The unlawful transport of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and their related material becomes now punishable under the treaties. Moreover, directors and organizers of attacks against aircraft and airports will have no safe haven. Making a threat against civil aviation may also trigger criminal liability.

“We need to send a clear message to the international community, and to terrorist groups, that any form of unlawful interference against civil aviation is not tolerable,” said Mr. Roberto Kobeh González, the President of the Council of ICAO. “Let’s work together to construct a modern great wall to safeguard international civil aviation.”

Some 400 participants from more than 80 States and international organizations attended the Conference. The Conference unanimously elected Mr. XIA Xinghua from China as the President, and Mr. Terry Olson from France as the First-Vice President.

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A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 190 Contracting States.
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