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The 40th Session of the ICAO Assembly results

The main events of the last Anniversary Session of the ICAO Assembly.
OCTOBER, 24 / 2019 / 5 MINUTES
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A wide range of issues related to safety has been considered during the 40th Session of the ICAO Assembly.
The event participants supported the ICAO Cybersecurity Strategy for the air transport sector. It is the first of its kind initiative that reflects key objectives in the field of information exchange and better coordination between departments. The implementation of the global Aviation Security Plan (GASеP), in which more than 160 countries are participating, was approved.
"ICAO is very grateful to have received such a strong endorsement of the GASeP, and to be reassured once again that the accelerated development and implementation of this important global resource is meeting the expectations of States, counter terrorism agencies, and international enforcement stakeholders",
— underscored ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu.
Representatives of the participating countries appealed to the ICAO leadership to direct all efforts towards the achievement of a new global goal — to reduce the number of fatal accidents to zero by 2030. This can be achieved with new assistance initiatives, capacity-building and effective strategic planning. One example of such initiatives is the Global Aviation Safety Oversight System (GASOS), which has been adopted this year. It will help expand cooperation in the field of safety and will assist various States in this direction.
The ICAO Technical Cooperation Program continues to expand. During the days of the Assembly, new agreements have been signed and numerous bilateral meetings of representatives of civil aviation authorities with various international organizations have been held. All meetings have been aimed at expanding technical cooperation and compliance with ICAO standards.
Global Air Navigation Plan (GANP)
The sixth edition of the GANP, which contains a number of changes, has been adopted at the Assembly. Firstly, now all the necessary information about the ICAO Global Air Navigation Plan can be found on a dedicated portal. Secondly, this data includes four levels. Every level is focused on its target audience: 1) global strategic; 2) global technical; 3) regional; 4) and the national level.

The global strategic level assumes information for decision makers and includes a shared vision and conceptual roadmap.
The technical level is focused on supporting the planning and implementation of basic air navigation services. This level includes the basic building blocks (BBB) that describe the services necessary for the entire global civil aviation operation. They cover the following areas: 1. Airports; 2. Air traffic control; 3. Search and rescue; 4. Meteorology and information management. In addition to core services, BBBs also define end users and communications, navigation and surveillance (CNS) solutions.
At the global technical level, the Panel Project Team (ASBU PPT), a multidisciplinary project working group, has also been created. Its goal is to update the ASBU (Aviation System Block Upgrades) structure. The ASBU is a block approach to updating the air navigation system and harmonizing ATM. ICAO at the 12th Air Navigation Conference first introduced this approach in November 2012. The new ASBU PPT Working Group will include independent experts from the relevant ICAO expert groups.
Regional and national levels. The first involves the coordination by ICAO offices of the processes for reviewing and updating relevant air navigation plans. The second focuses directly on States that are encouraged to implement methodologies for updating national air navigation plans.
In accordance with the recommendation of the Thirteenth ICAO Air Navigation Conference (AN-Conf / 13), an ad hoc working group will also be established to update the Global Air Navigation Plan.
Ecology
Another important topic of the last Session was the strengthening of cooperation in the framework of the CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) promotion. During the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly, a special CORSIA program has been approved. The purpose of this program is to combat the problem of annual increase in CO2 emissions from international civil aviation. During the 40th Anniversary Session of the ICAO Assembly, this issue has been discussed actively, and the participants agreed to strengthen work on the implementation of the program.
The level of CO2 emissions from 2019 to 2020 will be taken as a starting point for future calculations, according to the resolution of the assembly. The figures of this period will be compared with the figures of all subsequent years. Read more about the CORSIA program in a special section of the ICAO website.
In addition, we note that a program has been adopted to implement 116 national plans to reduce CO2 emissions in civil aviation. Participants also noted the progress achieved through the implementation of the previous ICAO initiative in this area.
Innovation
On October 8, ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu, in her closing speech, noted that the new changes in safety, environment and flight efficiency will also have a positive effect on the integration of new 21st century aircraft. Innovative projects presented at the World Aviation Forum and the first ICAO's inaugural Innovation Fair, which were held the day before, are specially highlighted. The objectives of these events were: to tell the community about innovation in the aviation sector; demonstrate how states can implement their own innovative projects. Among other things, prototypes from Bell, Cartivator, Ehang, Laflamme, Notos, Transcendair have been presented at the fair.
In conclusion, we present to your attention the official video of the opening ceremony of the Anniversary Assembly Session.
A full list of recorded online broadcasts of meetings of the 40th Session of the Assembly can be found here.
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