ICAO supports UN efforts for sustainable development

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ICAO supports UN efforts for sustainable development
Thu September 26, 2019

ICAO has joined the rest of the United Nations system to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development


As a complement to the launch of the second edition of the Aviation Benefits Report that contains practical examples of how air transport currently improves the lives and livelihoods of billions of people in the world, ICAO this week has joined the rest of the United Nations system to reorient the world's attention towards the achievement by the States of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in the framework of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development (2030 Agenda) from the ONU.

At its 40th session of the Assembly, ICAO strives at various levels, as it has done for years, to focus high-level political and industry attention on the fact that international air connectivity significantly influences States in relation to the achievement of 15 of the 17 SDGs.

These efforts have materialized largely through the Global Aviation Forums and also with the direct bilateral interaction of the President of the Council and the ICAO General Secretariat in its numerous international missions. The key to this campaign has been the systematic message that by investing in the infrastructure and technical skills necessary to ensure that international air services comply with ICAO standards, States can enjoy the numerous benefits that socio-economic prosperity brings to its citizens and local economies.

ICAO Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu, pointed out that, especially in the case of landlocked developing countries (PDSL) and small island developing States (SIDS), international air connectivity is an essential vital link and an incredibly positive factor to attract foreign consumption and investments. States are increasingly appreciating this dynamic and ICAO recognizes the merit of related commitments to ensure the safety, aviation safety and efficiency of local air services, including those aimed at reducing transport emissions national air.

Recently, ICAO has focused more attention on the particular needs of the Pacific SIDS (PEIDP), with detailed studies and formulation of specific recommendations in support of the connectivity needs of these States, taking into account adaptation and response to natural disasters. These efforts are consistent with the modalities of action of the broader SAMOA Trajectory of the United Nations and with ICAO's long-standing assistance and capacity-building initiatives under the No Country campaign lags behind.

“Investment decisions in support of international aviation have had a catalytic effect on social welfare and economic development,” added Dr. Liu, “and ICAO has developed comprehensive guidance to ensure that this financing can contribute to the sustainable development of the states".

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