International Civil Aviation Day - 07 December.

International Civil Aviation Day on December 7th generate awareness about the importance of international civil aviation. The annual observance also recognizes the unique role civil aviation plays in creating a rapid transit network around the globe.

Civil aviation represents all non-military aviation. It includes flight activities conducted by the private and commercial sectors. Civil aviation helps to improve the social and economic developments of States. The United Nations recognizes that international flight is also an important component of global peace and prosperity.

The importance of international civil aviation cannot be understated. Consider the following statistics:

  • The International Civil Aviation network carries over 4 billion passengers a year
  • The global Air Transport sector supports 65.5 million jobs
  • It creates a global economic activity worth 2.7 trillion dollars
  • Each day, 120,000 flights carry 12 million passengers safely to their destination
  • 3.6 percent of the global economic activity is supported by this industry

In 1944, delegates from 54 nations gathered in Chicago. They signed the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Additionally, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) formed during this time. To mark its 50th anniversary, the ICAO established International Civil Aviation Day in 1994. Two years later, in 1996, the U.N. General Assembly adopted a resolution officially recognizing December 7th as International Civil Aviation Day.

As the UN and world nations have now adopted Agenda 2030, and embarked on a new era in global sustainable development, the importance of aviation as an engine of global connectivity has never been more relevant to the Chicago Convention's objectives to look to international flight as a fundamental enabler of global peace and prosperity.

Every five years, coinciding with ICAO anniversaries (2014/2019/2024/2029/etc.), the ICAO Council establishes a special anniversary theme for International Civil Aviation Day. Between these anniversary years, Council representatives select a single theme for the full four-year intervening period.

The Council has decided that from now until 2023, the theme will be: “Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development”.

Source: www.un.org


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