Sessions of the Assembly (from 30th to the latest)


This chapter provides philatelic material related to the 30th Session, and the Sessions held thereafter. All these Sessions were held in Montreal, Canada, at ICAO Headquarters.


30th Session (Extraordinary Session, held in Montréal, Canada, from 25 to 26 May 1993):



31th Session (held in Montréal, Canada, from 19 September to 4 October 1995):


Cover autographed by Capt. Jeppesen.

In 1995, the 29th Edward Warner Award was bestowed upon Captain Elrey Berber Jeppesen, USA, for the development of international civil aviation and air navigation in particular. When flying in the early 1930s, he recorded and sketched all the landing sites, obstacles and other standard Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) navigation reference. The introduction of the Jeppesen Airway Manual in the 1930s contributed significantly to a reduction of operational accidents in the air transport field, since neither government nor airline aviation charts existed at that time. The cachet depicts an extract of a Jeppesen Low Altitude Enroute Chart (Boston region).


32th Session (held in Montréal, Canada, from 22 September to 2 October 1998):



The Aerial Symphony mural, shown on this cover, is one of the works of art on display at ICAO Headquarters (3rd floor in the Conference Centre). It is comprised of forty panels of anodized aluminum, designed by Montreal artist Michel Guilbeault and donated in 1997 by the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA). The mural emphasises the subtle interface between art and science in civil aviation. It also traces the evolution of flight, this time through a variety of aircraft types, alternating with depictions of eastern and western hemispheres of the earth and brilliantly iridescent hand-coloured butterfly wings. Finally, it also suggest ICAO’s strong leadership role in guiding international civil aviation through the 21st century.

On the opposite left, is the pin prepared by ICAO and offered to the Delegates attending this Session of the Assembly.


33th Session (held in Montréal, Canada, from 25 September to 5 October 2001):

It was not supposed to focus intensely on aviation security, but in the aftermath of 11 September, the 33rd Session of the ICAO Assembly dealt extensively with security concerns. Security at airports and abroad aircraft was on every delegate’s mind, and became the cornerstone of most discussions, both in formal proceedings in the assembly hall and in less formal talk between meetings. The 33rd Assembly itself was conducted in an atmosphere of heightened security, with a conspicuous police presence and metal detectors, and a temporary flight restriction for the airspace around ICAO headquarters in downtown Montréal. There was also a heightened spirit of cooperation at the Assembly, a determined resolve among Delegates from around the world to address the security weaknesses unveiled tragically by the events of 11 September. A record 1130 participants from 169 Contracting States and observers from 32 international civil aviation organizations adopted the resolutions.


Note that the ICAO Journal (name which had been in use since the first Assembly) had been renamed The Daily Bulletin from this Session.


The postage stamp used on the envelope marked a century and a half of Canadian administration of the postal service; designed by Sir Sandford Flemming in 1851, the original Three Pence Beaver was Canada’s first postage stamp.

On the opposite left, is the pin prepared by ICAO and offered to the Delegates attending this Session of the Assembly.


36th Session (held in Montréal, Canada, from 18 to 28 September 2007):



The cachet reproduces the pure wool tapestry Man in Flight hanging behind the chair of the ANC President; it was donated to ICAO by Romania in 1976 and represents the winged mythological figure Icarus with the symbols of ICAO and the United Nations in the background of concentric curves that suggest the propagation of waves into space.

The postage stamp used on the envelope was one of the first new non-denominated stamps released by Canada Post on 16 November 2006. It bears a new icon, the letter “P” within a maple leaf; this icon indicates that the stamp is PERNAMENT and valid indefinitely.

The stamp features the striking spotted coralroot (Corallorhiza maculata). This member of the orchid family grows in deeply shaded, wooded areas from Newfoundland to British Columbia, and blossoms in mid-summer.


37th Session (held in Montréal, Canada, from 28 September to 8 October 2010):



120 commemorative covers, as shown here-above, were produced and sold during the Assembly Session.

Some particularities of this cover need to be highlighted:

  1. The stamp is unique and original, since this is the first time in history that the emblem of the Organization, as represented on its flag, is depicted on a postage stamp. This personalized stamp was printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited, by order of Canada Post.
  2. The text on the cachet is printed in green, referring to one of the main topics of discussion during this Session of the Assembly, i.e. the environment. On the other hand, the central part of figure 37 is designed from a selection of drawings by children submitted during the competition on the theme of Aviation in a Green Environment, held at ICAO in 2009 for the World Environment Day (WED). The theme of that year’s WED celebration was: Many Species. One Planet. One Future.. Commemorated on 5 June since 1972, WED is one of the principal vehicles through which the United Nations and UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme) stimulate worldwide awareness of the environmental challenges, thereby enhancing political attention and action. To show its support for WED, ICAO invited children and dependants of ICAO employees and of National Delegations (ages 3 to 12) to submit drawings on the theme: Aviation in a Green Environment. The winning artist was Keely McGann (10 years old).
  3. The bottom frame on the right-side commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first flight over Montreal by Count Jacques de Lesseps on 2 July 1910 with his Bleriot XI named "Le Scarabée", during the first-ever air show held in Canada.

Son of the famous builder of the Suez Canal, Jacques de Lesseps was born in Paris and trained in 1909 at the Blériot flying school on an Anzani-powered Blériot XI. He qualified for F.A.I. license No.27. In March 1910, he purchased one of the first Gnome-powered Blériot XI and named it “Le Scarabée”. In it, on 21 May 1910, he made the second aeroplane crossing of the English Channel. Only 5 weeks later, de Lesseps brought his 2 Bleriot to Canada's first aviation meet (and Quebec’s first aeroplane occurrence ever) at Lakeside, near Pointe-Claire, in the West Island, Montréal. There, in “Le Scarabée”, he made the first flight over the city of Montreal by an aeroplane, on 2 July 1910; he took off from the field at Lakeside, flew along the banks of the St. Lawrence River, then over the City Hall, and returned to Pointe Claire. The flight lasted 49 minutes; the plane was made of wood and fabric. The exploit made him an instant hero.

In honour of the 100th anniversary of the first airplane flight over Montréal, an exact replica of "Le Scarabée" was on display in the hall of honour at the City Hall, Montréal from 24 June to 31 July 2010; it may now be viewed at the Canadian Aviation Heritage Museum, McGill Macdonald Campus, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada.





Excerpt from The Journal of the UN Philatelists, Vol. 35 #1, February 2011.


Keely McGann’s winning drawing.


38th Session (held in Montréal, Canada, from 24 September to 4 October 2013). A total of 140 commemorative covers, as shown here-below, were prepared with two different stamps, both bearing the same cachet/design on the left side. In all, 1,851 participants from 184 Members States and 54 Observer Delegations helped to make the 38th Assembly the largest in ICAO’s history at that time.


The stamp features the ICAO emblem in white on a blue background. The Picture Postage or personalized stamp is valued at the domestic rate to mail a standard-size envelope weighing up to 30 grams anywhere in Canada.


This cover shows the Canadian stamp issued on 10 June 2013 to mark 250 years of Canadian postal history with a “P” stamp (permanent stamp then worth 63¢) depicting Benjamin Franklin who was involved with the beginnings of the British-Canadian postal service. This isn’t the first time Franklin has been featured on a Canadian stamp; he was pictured on a stamp once before on 1 June 1976 to commemorate 200 years of independence of the United States of America. Franklin is a powerful reminder to Canadians and Americans of a common heritage.

Benjamin Franklin, then Philadelphia’s Postmaster since 1737, was promoted in 1753 to Deputy Postmaster General for the British North American colonies and opened the first post office in Halifax (now present-day Canada) to link the Atlantic colonies with Britain.  In 1763, following Britain’s victory over New France in the Seven Years’ War, the Treaty of Paris in 1763 confirmed the loss of the French possessions in North America and Asia to the British and opened the doors to a formalized postal system as the British invested further by opening more post offices in what is now known as Québec. Franklin eventually organized postal service throughout the British colonies in North America.

Early in 1763, Hugh Finlay, merchant, office holder, seigneur, politician, and landowner, sailed from Glasgow for Québec; his appointment as Postmaster at Québec had been arranged in the last months of the administration of John Stuart, 3rd Earl of Bute, then Prime Minister of Great Britain, and confirmed on 10 June 1763. Finlay soon built a weekly postal service between Québec and Montréal via Trois-Rivières with communication by means of courier between Montréal and New York, to reach the monthly packet sailing to England; it was an ambitious innovation that put cash in the coffers of the British Post Office, which paid Finlay on the basis of his earnings.

This lovely stamp is also a historical fraud, as its date of issue reveals; it was released on 10 June, the very day Finlay was made Postmaster General at Québec; that is why Québec City is featured in the background.

The stamp shows Franklin’s portrait on the left side superimposed on a vintage scene of Québec City. Finlay’s watermark symbol of a horse and rider, the chief means of mail delivery in 1763, appears at the top the new stamp. Franklin’s portrait appears to be the same portrait that features prominently on the current U.S. $100 bill; this image also appeared on the first American postage stamp (5-cent, issued on 1 July 1847), in recognition of his appointment as the first U.S. Postmaster General on 26 July 1775, a year before he helped write and signed the Declaration of Independence.


Excerpt from The Journal of UN Philatelists, Vol. 38 #2, April 2014.


39th Session (held in Montréal, Canada, from 27 September to 7 October 2016). In all, 2,225 Delegates from 184 Members States, 1 Non-Member State (Tuvalu), 56 Observer Delegations and one other Delegation (Media/Press) participated in this Session and endorsed over 500 working papers and other documents (30% more than previously), providing ICAO and the air transport sector with clear and comprehensive mandates for the next ICAO triennium.

The 39th Assembly benefitted from the participation of some 20% more Delegates than any previous event of its kind. Significant and far-reaching progress was achieved across all of ICAO’s five Strategic Objectives for Aviation Safety, Air Navigation Capacity and Efficiency, Aviation Security and Facilitation, the Economic Development of Air Transport, and Environmental Protection.

The 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly delivered an historic agreement on a new global market-based measure (GMBM) to offset CO2 emissions from international flights, as well as combined Resolutions supporting a more strategic, dynamic and innovative future for international civil aviation.

Clearly the most significant Assembly development that year was the landmark adoption by States of the Resolution for the new Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA). This was one of the most important environmental achievements in the history of civil aviation. CORSIA is designed to complement the basket of mitigation measures the air transport community was already pursuing to reduce CO2 emissions from international aviation. These include technical and operational improvements and advances in the production and use of sustainable alternative fuels for aviation. Implementation of the CORSIA will begin with a pilot phase from 2021 through 2023, followed by a first phase, from 2024 through 2026.

Another world environmental first which was welcomed by the 39th Assembly was ICAO’s development of a new CO2 standard for aircraft, which will apply to various new aircraft types entering service in the global fleet as of 2021.

ICAO Member States delivered very clear endorsements for the targets and approaches being pursued globally under ICAO’s comprehensive strategic plans for aviation safety and air navigation capacity and efficiency, and supported the need for it to provide similar high-level leadership at the global level in the form of two new Global Plans to be developed for aviation security and air transport economic development. The new Global Aviation Security Plan (GASP) in particular was requested to be prepared on a fast-track basis.

A special souvenir cover was prepared to commemorate this event. The personalized stamp and the postmark were prepared in cooperation with Canada Post; the character set of the text is identical to the one used in the main logo shown on the left-side of the cover.