ICAO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral high­lights value of co­op­er­a­tion in avi­a­tion

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Speak­ing at the 2017 ICAO Global Avi­a­tion Co­op­er­a­tion Sym­po­sium hosted by the Hel­lenic Civil Avi­a­tion Au­thor­ity (HCAA) and the Athens In­ter­na­tional Air­port, ICAO Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Dr. Fang Liu de­liv­ered a clear mes­sage on the power of ICAO-com­pli­ant civil avi­a­tion to im­prove the lives of peo­ple ev­ery­where.

“The avi­a­tion sys­tem has evolved over the decades to be­come an ir­re­place­able global net­work con­nect­ing the world’s cul­tures and economies,” Dr. Liu com­mented. “It brings to­gether peo­ple and busi­nesses to the tune of 10 mil­lion pas­sen­gers daily on over 100,000 flights, while sup­port­ing at the same time some 63.5 mil­lion jobs glob­ally, fully one third of world trade by value, and more than 2.7 tril­lion dol­lars an­nu­ally to global GDP.

“This helps ex­plain why goal num­ber one of this Sym­po­sium is on help­ing gov­ern­ments to man­age change, “but sec­toral growth can­not be per­mit­ted to neg­a­tively im­pact our key strate­gic per­for­mance tar­gets. Ex­ist­ing lev­els of avi­a­tion safety, se­cu­rity, ef­fi­ciency, pas­sen­ger fa­cil­i­ta­tion, and en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion must also im­prove even as we ex­pand.” In this con­text, co­op­er­a­tion in civil avi­a­tion is cru­cial for achiev­ing a bet­ter level of ef­fec­tive im­ple­men­ta­tion of ICAO Stan­dards and Rec­om­mended Prac­tices (SARPs).

Rec­og­niz­ing that many gov­ern­ments in at­ten­dance at the Athens event are now keenly en­gaged to­wards achiev­ing the 17 UN Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals be­ing worked to­ward un­der the 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment, Dr. Liu noted that the abil­ity of air trans­port con­nec­tiv­ity to per­mit States to ex­pand their route net­works, im­prove for­eign mar­ket and sup­ply chain ac­cess for lo­cal sup­pli­ers, and in the end bring widerang­ing and sus­tain­able pros­per­ity ben­e­fits to their lo­cal pop­u­la­tions should fig­ure promi­nently in all re­lated de­vel­op­ment plan­ning.

“I can­not un­der­score strongly enough how fun­da­men­tal this ICAO com­pli­ant air con­nec­tiv­ity is to States’ long-term so­cio-eco­nomic am­bi­tions,” she con­cluded.

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