Today ICAO Secretary General, Mr. Raymond Benjamin, arrives at Santos Dumont airport in Rio de Janeiro to launch Aviation Day. A media event will take place at the airport at 14:00 marking the occasion, with the participation of many of the partners involved in the global initiative.Yesterday ICAO, with the support of the Air Transport Group (ATAG), launched “Flightpath to a Sustainable Future”, an ICAO special Rio+20 global initiative consisting of the first-ever series of connecting flights powered by sustainable alternative fuels, on which the ICAO Secretary General, set out from Montréal to Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, known as Rio+20.
ICAO’s official side event for the Rio+20 conference will be on “Sustainable aviation for generations to come”. This event will consist of an address by the ICAO Secretary General, followed by presentations from States and aviation stakeholders providing perspectives on sustainable alternative fuels for aviation and experiences with developing sustainable alternative fuels initiatives.
The International Civil Aviation Organization has produced a powerful video to highlighting aviation's contribution across the economic, environment and social pillars of sustainable development. ICAO’s video also reported progress on initiatives including States‘ Action Plans, sustainable biofuels, market based measures, a CO2 standard and global aspirational goals
Mr. Raymond BenjaminICAO Secretary General