Third High-level Safety Conference (HLSC 2021)

High-level Safety Conference 2021

17 - 21 May 2020
ICAO HQ, 999 Robert-Bourassa Boulevard




The theme of the Third High-level Safety Conference (HLSC 2021) will be Embracing Evolution. In today’s world, aviation is about safety, efficiency, speed and interconnectivity. The rapid technological changes in the industry, including the implementation of artificial intelligence, unmanned aircraft, “urban air mobility” and blockchain, digitalization of aviation, and introduction of new business models and approaches will all impact aviation. As the evolution in aviation accelerates, it is essential, inter alia, to enhance regulatory capacity and infrastructure, develop new training approaches, and improve current processes and procedures (including licensing, certification, authorization and approvals) to embrace these transformations. At the same time, it is important to ensure that all Member States will be able to effectively fulfil their safety oversight functions and responsibilities.




The purpose of the Conference is to bring together the appropriate level of senior officials within States’ civil aviation authorities and other State authorities to gain consensus, and formulate recommendations and decisions on the main safety issues and air navigation matters related to the Conference theme. The Conference will also provide stakeholders with an opportunity to set priorities and refine the way forward based on lessons learned.




The Conference is a formal ICAO meeting that will provide an opportunity for Member States and aviation stakeholders to work together towards a global aviation safety strategy that would allow them to adapt and respond to the rapid pace of developments in civil aviation. The Conference will also provide a stimulus for strategic planning at the global, regional and national levels.


As future challenges and transformations will impact all areas in aviation, there is a pressing need to ensure that the global aviation community continues working together on strategic planning in managing aviation safety and responding to new challenges. In this regard, during HLSC 2021, ICAO Member States, international organizations and other stakeholders will continue the dialogue on the future of aviation.

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