Implementation Support — No Country Left Behind Initiatives — Implementation support

Implementation support

ICAO Webinar Series

Launched to provide updates and information on activities ICAO was undertaking to support the civil aviation community during the pandemic, the series expanded to include the areas of aviation medicine, economics, security and air transport facilitation. Coordinated webinars with the regional offices and non-COVID-19 topics were also covered. In total, 58 webinars reaching over 12 000 participants took place in 2020.

Framework for Implementation Effectiveness and Support

An additional 39 practical examples and tools were collected, validated and posted on the Safety Management Implementation (SMI) public website which was established to complement the Fourth Edition of the Safety Management Manual (Doc 9859) in support of the diversity of the aviation community in implementing State safety programmes (SSP) and safety management systems (SMS). States and international organizations have been encouraged to contribute to this repository in order to promote a practical and effective approach to implementation.

Implementation Support for iPacks

ICAO is developing processes and procedures to support the standardization of the design, development and deployment of Implementation Packages (iPacks).

Technical assistance activities

In line with the “No Country Left Behind (NCLB)” initiative, ICAO provided States with Technical Assistance (TA) programmes, including TA projects utilizing the Safety Fund (SAFE) to help States strengthen their safety oversight capacity. In 2020, two projects were successfully completed; one project was initiated; three are ongoing; and three projects are in the planning stages.

SAFE-funded TA projects have been proven to be effective vehicles for the enhancement of State safety oversight systems, including the timely resolution of Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) in some States.

AFI Plan

The Twenty-third meeting of the Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa Steering Committee (AFI Plan SC/23) was held virtually on 29 July 2020. Information was provided on the status of the work programme of the AFI Plan since its 22nd meeting, the updates of the AFI Plan assistance projects and the AFI Plan programme document, the status of the revised Abuja Safety Targets and Air Navigation Services Performance Indicators, and the status of the African Aviation Training Roadmap. Thirty-two AFI States achieved an effective implementation (EI) score of 60 per cent and above, while the number of Significant Safety Concerns (SSCs) remains at only one.

Implementation Support Processes and Tools

New processes and tools under development will gather important information on ICAO’s implementation support activities in order to provide greater transparency regarding the Organization‘s activities. The information and data gathered will then assist in further developing and implementing ICAO’s implementation support activities.


The Secretariat supported the Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Security and Facilitation in Africa (AFI SECFAL Plan) by providing guidance on measures to reduce the impact of COVID-19 on aviation security. Additionally, ongoing support is provided to the Regional Aviation Security and Facilitation Group (RASFALG-AFI) coordinated by the African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) in collaboration with the Eastern and Southern Africa (ESAF) and Western and Central Africa Region (WACAF) Offices.

Co-operation and implementation

The Secretariat provided support to a number of initiatives, including participation in the NACC/South America (SAM) Aviation Security and Facilitation Regional Group (AVSEC/FAL/RG), in which a matrix of health measures and other relevant information was compiled to support the restart and recovery of aviation security and facilitation operations. In the Middle East (MID) region, support was provided for the Sixth Executive Steering Committee (ESC) meeting of the ICAO Cooperative Aviation Security Programme in the Middle East (CASP-MID), as well as for the delivery of the ICAO Risk Management Workshop for Libya. In the European and North Atlantic (EUR/NAT) region, support was provided to the EUR/NAT Aviation Security Group, specifically the sub-group on capacity-building and assistance. Through the work of this group, and with input from the Working Group on Training (WGT), a global aviation security training catalogue is being developed to assist Member States in identifying possible training to address vulnerabilities by SARP or by risk area. In December 2020, Implementation Support and Development – Security Programme (ISD-SEC) participated in the Eighth Regional Aviation Security Coordination Forum – Asia and Pacific Region (RASCF-APAC/8) to support States accredited to the Bangkok Office.

Collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) occurs for the implementation of the UNODC-World Customs Organization (WCO) Container Control Programme (CCP), and two courses were delivered early in 2020. ICAO also provided aviation security expertise to the United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT), and helped to develop a project on threat assessment and data collection that complements the ICAO Risk Management Workshop. AVSEC expertise is provided in ICAO’s partnership with Airports Council International (ACI) for the Management of Airport Security Course, including the provision of ICAO-certified aviation security instructors to deliver the course, which was held virtually in October 2020.

The Aviation Security Professional Management Course (PMC) was converted to enable delivery through a virtual classroom, and 32 international students were able to successfully complete the programme.

Environmental Protection

Capacity Building and Assistance to States

Phase II of the ICAO Capacity Building for CO2 Mitigation from International Aviation assistance project, with funding from the European Union (EU), was launched to support the development and implementation of State Action Plans in the ten beneficiary States in Africa (see also the section on State Action Plans above).

In relation to continuing its efforts on capacity-building on CORSIA, the Secretariat monitored and continued to coordinate activities under Phase III of the ACT-CORSIA Buddy Partnerships that was launched in the first half of the year. Phase III involved 16 supporting States and 115 requesting States, with the focus on States being able to use the CCR in order to submit their aggregated 2019 CO2 emissions data (see also the section on CORSIA above).

Voluntary Support for ICAO’s Environmental Work

Support for ICAO’s work on aviation environmental protection was provided in the form of in-kind contributions from France and United Arab Emirates. Contrary to previous years there were no financial contributions from Member States in 2020.

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