Leaving No Country Left Behind through the Effective Implementation of ICAO’s Standards, Polices and Global Plans

​The effective implementation of ICAO Standards represents the most basic foundation to be established before a State or Region can begin to realize true global connectivity for its citizens and businesses.


Simply stated, until the safety, efficiency, security, and environmental performance of air transport services are properly supported, through a combination of effective local legislation and economic and aviation policies, suitable financial resources, and sufficient numbers of skilled aviation personnel, the significant socio-economic promise of aviation growth may continue to remain out of reach.


ICAO's reorientation to better coordinate and, where appropriate, directly provide the assistance States need to realize these goals, is a very important aspect of our No Country Left Behind initiative. We wanted to make it clear to our Member States that we are their partners on this journey, and that we can all be more effective by working together.


And it is also quite critical that we recognize this is not only about developing States. Just as ICAO's auditing programmes are operated on a continuous basis to monitor our sector as effectively as possible, so the commitments of States, both developed and developing, must remain continuous and steadfast toward the effective implementation of civil aviation Standards.


No Country Left Behind is first and foremost a commitment to our States, and to our global air transport network. It has changed the way ICAO works on many levels, and I have been very encouraged by the new progress being achieved towards its goals. But in another sense it is also about the travelling public. The aim is to provide travellers, regardless of the reasons for their travel or their origin or destination, the complete and trustworthy assurance of safe, secure, efficient and reliable air transport.


Besides the direct assistance which ICAO can provide, one of the most important roles we can play under No Country Left Behind is to foster greater partnerships for sustainable aviation development amongst our Member States, other UN organizations, donors and financial institutions, and other stakeholders.


These partnerships will be essential to the infrastructure modernization and other essential capacity-building now required for our global network, and it was in relation to this that ICAO has begun to host annual World Aviation Forums to bring these partners together.


As the entire United Nations system now embarks toward its ambitious Agenda 2030, and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted under it, it is more critical than ever before that governments and development partners recognize the essential value of rapid global connectivity to even the most basic aspirations of modern businesses, societies and States.

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