Addressing Emerging Issues in International Civil Aviation Promptly and Effectively

International civil aviation is an extremely dynamic sector, whether from the technological, operational or political perspective. In light of its historic record for rapid adaptation of new innovations, not to mention the new challenges which regularly arise, ICAO must be able to respond quickly and effectively.

 

Recent high-profile incidents relating to flight tracking in remote airspace, conflict zone risk mitigation, and landside security at airports have provided excellent examples of how quickly, and effectively, States and operators can come together through ICAO to find practical solutions  to emerging risks and threats to the safety and security of commercial flights and respond to global health emergencies and natural phenomena.

 

Similarly, ICAO has demonstrated proactive and collaborative leadership on the safe integration of remotely-piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) and sub-orbital aircraft and operations into the global civil aviation framework, while ensuring we do not hinder the spirit of innovation which is so essential to their future contributions to humanity.

 

Lastly, we should acknowledge the essential leadership our sector has brought to the issue of environmental protection and emissions mitigation, especially as regards the establishment of truly global targets, not to mention the intensive research and consensus-building we have undertaken towards the very first global market-based measure  applicable to a major industrial sector.

 

These actions remind us all of the importance of ICAO's role at the heart of the global air transport community, and of the need for vision and flexibility as we continue to meet the challenges which will confront us.

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