7 December: International Civil Aviation Day
International Civil Aviation Day was observed on 7 December 2017 with the theme ‘Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind’.
The main aim of the day is to help generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation to the social and economic development of States and of the unique role of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in helping States to cooperate and realize a truly global rapid transit network at the service of all mankind.
• The current theme was selected by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) council for a period of four years from 2015 to 2018.
• Every five years, coinciding with ICAO anniversaries like 2014, 2019,2024 and 2029, the ICAO Council establishes a special anniversary theme for International Civil Aviation Day.
• However, between these anniversary years, the Council representatives select a single theme for the full four-year intervening period.
• The campaign highlights ICAO’s efforts to assist States in implementing ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs).
• The main goal of the work is to help ensure that SARP implementation is better harmonized globally so that all states have access to the significant socio-economic benefits of safe and reliable air transport and can address safety, security and emissions-related issues.
• In 1944, participants from 54 nations gathered in Chicago, USA and signed the Convention on International Civil Aviation, also known more popularly as the ‘Chicago Convention’.
• The defining international agreement has since then permitted the global civil aviation system to develop peacefully, in a manner benefitting all nations across the world.
• The International Civil Aviation Day was established in 1994 as a part of ICAO's 50th anniversary activities.
• In 1996, the United Nations General Assembly officially recognized 7 December as International Civil Aviation Day in the UN system.
• Further, the General Assembly urged all governments as well as relevant national, regional, international and intergovernmental organizations to take appropriate steps to observe the day.