ICAO and ILO will enhance cooperation on the UN 2030 Agenda
"The agreement is very timely in view of the serious challenges that the pandemic has caused for the rights of workers in the aviation sector," said Director General Ryder
Collecting data and promoting the sustainable development benefits of aviation professions, particularly for women, are the focus of a new agreement signed by ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano and the director of the International Labor Organization (ILO). -General Guy Ryder.
Under the new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), ICAO and the ILO will work to build on their complementary efforts and policy coherence within their respective mandates for global aviation and labor, with the ultimate goal of providing more effective support to States now seeking to achieve the UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Effective immediately, the MoU will ensure further ICAO/ILO progress on gender equality and sustainable development through a wide variety of joint activities, including research, technical meetings, technical advisory services, training and collaboration in the development of guidelines, tools and methodologies.
“The conclusion of this agreement by ICAO with the ILO responds to the Resolutions of the ICAO Assembly on the SDGs of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and gender equality, which require new alliances within the system of United Nations to support the enhancement of aviation's contributions to sustainable development and to demonstrate strong, determined leadership and commitment to advancing women's rights,” President Sciacchitano stressed.
The ICAO Assembly is made up of all 193 Member States and meets every three years. The 2019 ICAO Assembly Resolution A40-21, The contribution of aviation towards the United Nations 2030 Agenda for sustainable development, highlights how ICAO's work to support State improvements in safety , sustainability and connectivity of the global air transport system contributes directly to the achievement of the SDGs.
An earlier Assembly Resolution A39-30 from 2016, on ICAO's Gender Equality Programme, had also emphasized how ensuring equal opportunities for women within the aviation sector provides a crucial opportunity to drive further progress. comprehensive towards gender equality.
“The agreement is very timely in light of the serious challenges that the pandemic has caused for the rights of workers in the aviation sector,” said Director General Ryder. “The ILO looks forward to working with our ICAO colleagues to combat the effects of the pandemic and build a socially sustainable recovery and decent work in the sector.”