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Thanks to the kind invitation of Switzerland, the meeting was held in Bern from 18 – 21 June 2013.
The meeting participants discussed the CAPSCA project and activities at both Global and Regional levels, including the CAPSCA aims and objectives, key achievements, multi-sector collaboration between States and international organisations, CAPSCA assistance visits etc. It was noted again by the meeting participants that the overall objective of the project is to protect public health – general public, air travellers, and aviation personnel and support the sustainable development of civil aviation in the beneficiary of States, harmonize regulations and working practices to comply with the ICAO SARPs and WHO International Health Regulations (2005).
The CAPSCA project commenced in 2006 in order to assist States to implement public health-related amendments to the ICAO Annexes, which in turn are based on the WHO International Health Regulations (2005). It is currently operating in all regions (Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa, the Americas and the Middle East). The project is managed by ICAO, in close collaboration with the World Health Organization, and additional partners include Airports Council International and the International Air Transport Association. Further information on CAPSCA can be obtained from www.CAPSCA.org and ICAO EUR/NAT website.
The CAPSCA Project was fully supported by the meeting as it promotes cooperation between the States, international organisations and industry. As was particularly underlined by the meeting the capacity of CAPSCA network depends of the strength of the ties between its members and partners. Subjects to be maintained include tools for planning and coordination means to improve communication, partnership and multisectoral working and sustainable financing.