Meeting the Global Challenges: An ICAO Update

A number of recent developments are expanding the role of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), according to the author of this essay (Paragraph No. 25,101). Today, ICAO is challenged to take a greater leadership role in security issues as well as to continue its traditional role in setting international standards and practices in safety and efficiency of international civil aviation. Although ICAO has been involved in aviation security for a number of years, the events of September 11 changed the paradigm. At its Triennial Assembly last September, ICAO's 187 participating nations called on the organization to develop a security action plan and to convene, as soon as possible, a High Level, Ministerial Conference. On February 19-20, 2002, 154 states, 22 international organizations, and over 700 delegates met at ICAO headquarters in Montreal. In attendance were Ministers or Secretaries of State. A number of recommendations were adopted to improve worldwide standards and practices for aviation security. These call for a mandatory, universal audit program conducted by ICAO to ensure that all of the agency's contracting States are meeting the new requirements. Along with the new security action plan, the author discusses a number of other recent developments. These include global environmental standards, new air navigation technologies, and new international agreements on liability and aircraft financing. The author also discusses ICAO's successful Universal Safety Oversight Audit Program (USOAP) and its pending expansion to include air traffic services, airports, and accident investigation. Citing the critical importance of U.S. involvement and leadership in ICAO, the author concludes by expressing his concern that more U.S. citizens be employed in professional positions at the organization. The U.S. must continue its full participation as ICAO's role grows in importance.

  • Corporate Authors:

    International Aviation Law Institute

    DePaul University College of Law, 25 E Jackson Boulevard
    Chicago, IL  United States  60604
  • Authors:
    • Stimpson, Edward W
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Edition: Transfer Binder 1: 2001 to 2004
  • Features: Appendices; Figures;
  • Pagination: pp 13151-13166
  • Monograph Title: Issues in Aviation Law and Policy

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  • Accession Number: 01149586
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 2 2009 1:36PM