ICAO Celebrates 70th Anniversary

United Nations agency continues to make an impact on international aviation safety.



This month marks the 70th anniversary of a major international agency, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). ICAO consists of 191 member states and works together with global aviation organizations to develop Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). These SARPs are used by the member states when developing their own national civil regulations.

A specialized agency under the United Nation, ICAO had 54 nations in attendance at its first meeting in 1944 in Chicago. From that meeting, the Convention on International Civil Aviation was formed — a document also called the Chicago Convention, which was signed by 52 states on December 7, 1944.

The Chicago Convention laid the ground for the establishment of rules pertaining to airspace, aircraft registration and safety. The convention also exempted commercial air fuels from tax. It is largely due to the cooperation that has been established between the ICAO member states that the world today is able to conduct nearly 100,000 flights every day within the global air transport network safely and efficiently, at least most of the time.

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