Page Image Image CaptionDuring ICAO’s 39th Assembly, ICAO Council President, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu (left), and Dr. Tatiana Anodina, President of the Interstate Council and Chairperson of the Interstate Aviation Committee, signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding cooperation on aviation safety. Page ContentMontréal, 1 October 2016 – The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) have agreed to further collaborate on enhancing global aviation safety by signing a Supplementary Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) yesterday, on the occasion of ICAO's 39th Assembly currently underway in Montréal. Signed by the President of the ICAO Council, Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, and Dr. Tatiana Anodina, President of the Interstate Council and Chairperson of the Interstate Aviation Committee, the MoU recognizes the importance of the contributions to the development of international aviation that has resulted from the collaboration between the two organizations to date, and calls for further cooperation on the enhancement of aviation safety, notably through ICAO's No Country Left Behind initiative. "Compliance with ICAO Standards is the prerequisite for accessing international air connectivity and all the socio-economic development opportunities it offers. These standards support the safety, security, efficiency and overall sustainability of the aviation network. ICAO's No Country Left Behind ensures that States are supported as they address compliance issues," declared Dr. Aliu. "This MoU will help build the momentum behind the No Country Left Behind initiative, thereby contributing to the enhancement of the technical and financial assistance it offers to States in need and the broader achievement of sustainable development goals." Furthermore, the MoU calls for direct support from the IAC on activities undertaken through the ICAO Technical Cooperation Programme. The IAC will also maintain close cooperation with lCAO through the framework of the European Air Navigation Planning Group (EANPG) and the European Regional Aviation Safety Group (RASG-EUR). The MoU also provides for the exchange of aviation expertise through the organization of seminars, international meetings, courses and conferences. An MoU between both organizations was initially signed on 1 February 2001, with supplementary MoUs signed on 17 and 20 April 2012 respectively.