The third and current official emblem


In 1974, the 21st Session of the Assembly approved the use of Arabic in correspondence between ICAO and the Arab States and interpretation at the Assembly Sessions and Regional Meetings for the Middle East. The use of Arabic in ICAO had been on a pragmatic and reasonable approach taking into account the real needs of the Arab Contracting States and the conditions at ICAO. The 26th Assembly held in 1986 approved Arabic as a working language at ICAO.


Proposed third emblem

In 1977, the 22nd Session of the Assembly had decided to adopt the Chinese language as one of the working languages of ICAO. In accordance with the decision to extend the use of the Chinese language in ICAO, the Chinese Unit was established in October 1994.


Third emblem as approved by the 31st Assembly


In May 1995, a revision to the ICAO emblem was made to recognize the introduction of Arabic and Chinese as working languages of the Organization. In view of the difficulty in accurately reproducing the Chinese characters, it was initially proposed to limit their number in the emblem and to show only Civil Aviation Organization in Chinese (see on the left-side). A further proposal for the amendment of the Chinese-language inscription to be used on the emblem, reflecting more accurately the full name of the Organization, was submitted by China; the Chinese ideograms on the approved emblem represent the Organizationís name in an abbreviated form. Despite the fact that the Arabic inscription appearing in the emblem was not an Arabic word but a transliteration from the English (i.e. translation of each letter of the English acronym ICAO into Arabic characters), the revised official emblem was adopted (Resolution A31-1) at the 31st Session of the Assembly held in 1995 and superseded the prior emblem adopted by the 21st Session of the Assembly (Resolution A21-4).


As several comments were made on the choice of the Arabic-language inscription comparing its lack of meaning as an Arabic word with its familiarity within the world of aviation, the possibility to review the choice of the Arabic acronym for the name of the Organization could be considered later if a more suitable Arabic expression could be found.


The compilation of the various emblems used by ICAO since its inception has shown a consistent evolution of the design according to the languages used by the Organization, with however the emphasis put on having a pattern close to the emblem of the United Nations, embracing the world through the spirit of cooperation to achieve the safe and orderly development of civil aviation.


Souvenir cover with the third official emblem.



Stamp issues showing the third official emblem.

Kuwait (7 December 1999, International Civil Aviation Day) and

Turkey (1 September 2014, 70th Anniversary).