Syria :  30th Anniversary of ICAO


Issue date: 11/05/1977



Boeing 747SP of Syrian Air over earth globe and ICAO emblem.   


Background: Chronologically in the ICAO stamp collection, this issue shows for the first time the second official emblem of ICAO.

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) deposited its instrument of adherence to the Convention on International Civil Aviation on 15 October 1970 and became the 120th member of ICAO on 14 November 1970. Further to a request of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the USSR on 30 October 1970, the ICAO Assembly decided at its 18th Session in 1971 to proceed with the introduction of the Russian language in ICAO. In October 1972, the Secretary General of ICAO agreed to introduce a revised ICAO emblem (as shown in the above issue) incorporating the initials of the Organization in Cyrillic alphabet in recognition of the introduction of Russian as a fourth language of the Organization.

The Council recommended to the 21st Session of the Assembly in September/October 1974 (held in Montreal, Canada) the adoption of the new official emblem (Resolution A21-4).

 It should be noted that the Cyrillic characters adopted for the emblem do not correspond to the initials of the Organization in Russian, but rather the transliteration (or translation of each letter of the English acronym into the Cyrillic alphabet) of the English ICAO. ICAO became also the only UN Specialized Agency to include more than two acronyms in its emblem.