International Civil Aviation Day 2015-2018 theme is "Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind", 2014 theme is "Cooperating on Global Aviation Progress: 70 Years of the Chicago Convention" and 2013 theme is "Evolving to Meet the Challenges of 21st Century Air Transport"
On the occasion of its 50th anniversary, ICAO, born on 7 December 1944, established International Civil Aviation Day in 1994 through an Assembly. In 1996, on the initiative of ICAO and with the help of the Canadian Government, the United Nations General Assembly officially recognized 7th December as International Civil Aviation Day.
ICAO is a specialized agency of the United Nations which was created to promote international parameters and regulations essential for the security, efficiency and regularity of air transport and serve as a medium for coordination in the sector of civil aviation.
The purpose of the global celebration is to create and consolidate worldwide awareness of the significance of international civil aviation in the economic and social development of nations, and explain the role of ICAO in promoting the safety, efficacy and consistency of international air transport.
The theme of last year's International Civil Aviation Day was "Promoting global friendship and understanding". These celebrations commemorated the establishment of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO).
ICAO has played a crucial role in supporting nations to maintain a complex yet flexible structure of international regulations and bye laws because of which air traffic has been safe and efficient to fly to any country.
South Africa, one of the 185 Contracting States of ICAO, has provided the organization with capabilities and resources so that it would effectively carry out its contribution as the global aviation regulatory body.
Various components have played a pivotal role in the significant progress in co-operation between nations and international aviation bodies like IATA, AFCAC and UNIDROIT and host of others. These components consist of safety in Air Navigation, Environment, Air Transport, Technical coordination and the Y2K hitch.
ICAO is committed to building a favorable environment for the development of an air transport sector that is long lasting, caters to the need of customer, improves the standard of service and cut costs while being secure, sure, efficient and globally competitive. This requires multi-talented, committed and diligent individuals. There are multiple opportunities in this sector and it is up to the youth to take benefit out of them and have to have a demanding and fulfilling future "in the heavens". This may include passenger and cargo airlines, airport management institutions, air traffic as well as economic and security regulators.
Since the outset, the vision for international aviation has been to promote cordial relationship and understanding amongst peoples of the entire world, as well as peace and progress based on a universal air transport structure that would be functioned soundly and economically, with equal opportunity to all.
The vision simultaneously became reality through ICAO promoting global cooperation and consensus among 90 Member Countries to create and maintain a systematic regulatory infrastructure, thereby showcasing the immense economic, traditional and social benefits of air transport to the whole populations around the world.
Meanwhile States announced that aviation would grow in an environmentally sustainable fashion by agreeing on stringent engine emissions quality, effective operational methods and concrete environmental policies through the ICAO process.
A high-level meeting of states representing 93% of commercial air traffic across the world in October 2009, reached agreement on how governments can work further with the industry to cut down aviation’s repercussion on climate change.
In 2011, these recommendations will be put forth by the ICAO Assembly as part of the constant drive for facilitating universal mutual agreement towards internationally synchronized solutions for a sustainable aviation industry and a healthy world for future generations.
Today thousands of passenger and cargo flights that cross our skies have become the one of the major contributing economies on every continent. They generate revenues with access to the global marketplace, especially important for land-locked or small-island countries, and they are an integral part of the world’s largest industry, tourism and travel.
Since its inception, ICAO’s role has been playing a crucial role in developing the aviation infrastructure. After a lapse of 65 years, it remains the universal platform where countries have and will continue to gather in cooperation with the sectors and other stakeholders, to address any and all issues witnessing the global air transport sector.