International Civil Aviation Day
By Sharon Schweitzer
International Civil Aviation Day was established in 1994 as part of ICAO’s 50th anniversary activities. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a United Nations agency, which helps 193 countries to cooperate together and share their skies to their mutual benefit. In 1996, pursuant to an ICAO initiative and with the assistance of the Canadian Government, the United Nations General Assembly officially recognized December 7th as International Civil Aviation Day in the UN system.
The purpose of International Civil Aviation 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 ICAO in helping States to cooperate and realize a truly global rapid transit network at the service of all mankind.
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.
In recognition of ICAO’s 75th anniversary, the Council selected the following theme “75 Years of Connecting the World” for the 2019 celebrations.
From now through the end of 2023, the Council has decided that the theme will be: “Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development.”
During this day, ICAO organizes various activities and events such as seminars, educational sessions, news announcements on international civil aviation topics, and many others. ICAO gets support from governments, organizations, companies, and even individuals.
The ICAO logo is usually associated with marketing and promotional material for this celebration. The logo has a pair of aircraft wings superimposed on the UN logo. The UN logo consists of a world map (excluding Antarctica) conferred on the North Pole, inscribed in a wreath encompassing crossed conventionalized branches of the olive tree. The branches of the olive tree symbolize peace and the world map features the area of concern to the UN in gaining its main purpose, peace, and safety. The map is projected to 60 degrees south latitude and consists of five concentric circles.
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Sharon Schweitzer JD, is a diversity and inclusion consultant, cross-cultural trainer, etiquette expert, and the founder of Access to Culture. In addition to her accreditation in intercultural management from the HOFSTEDE Centre, she is an attorney and mediator. Sharon served as a Chinese Ceremonial Dining Etiquette Specialist in the documentary series Confucius was a Foodie, on Nat Geo People. Her Amazon #1 Best Selling book in International Business, Access to Asia: Your Multicultural Business Guide, won a coveted Kirkus Star, and was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books. She’s a winner of numerous awards, including the British Airways International Trade Award at the Greater Austin Business Awards.
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