International Civil Aviation Organization, ICAO was established in 1947 by the Convention on International Civil Aviation (Chicago Convention). The ICAO serves as an umbrella organization for its members and is headquartered in Montreal.
The aims and objectives of the ICAO is to safeguard the orderly development of civil aviation. The organization has established a series of standards and recommendations for aviation safety and efficiency. Activities include
- establishing and reviewing technical standards for aircraft and the licensing of personnel
- promoting flight safety
- developing airways, airports and air navigation facilities
- preventing economic waste caused by unreasonable competition
- continuing the development of international aviation law.
The Assembly is the supreme organ of the ICAO. It is composed of representatives of all member states and meets at least once every three years, reviewing work and setting policy.
The ICAO Council is the executive organ, composed of 36 states. The Council may initiate investigations and serve as an ad hoc tribunal for civil aviation disputes.
- air navigation
- air transport
- legal affairs
- technical cooperation
- administrative matters.
More on UN and ICAO
- Convention on International Civil Aviation.
- The ICAO website provides background information, an overview of the objectives, statistical data, full text reports and documents, journals, conventions on civil aviation and related acts:
- Annual Reports of the Council. Older reports: Doc Series.
- The ICAO journal is posted at the ICAO website from 1982 onwards.
- ICAO Global Aviation Training including a catalogue all fields of civil aviation training.
- ICAO - Aircraft Type Designators, a database for those aircraft types, which are most commonly provided with air traffic services.
Key UN documents
UN documents and publications in catalogues and databases
- United Nations Digital Library offers UN documents and open access publications, UN voting data and speeches, UN maps, Content in 6+ languages. Replaces the traditional online catalogue UNBISnet.
- UN iLibrary UN publications online covering different topics.
- ODS full-text UN documents published from 1993 onward and scanned documents published between 1946 and 1993 in the official languages of the UN.
- Daily list of documents (ODS). Documents published for the day, with full text links, can be found in the United Nations full text database ODS.
- UNBIS Thesaurus a multilingual database of the controlled vocabulary used to describe UN documents.
- Index to proceedings is an annual bibliographic guide to the proceedings and documentation of the major UN organs. The index includes:
- a list of all documents
- a comprehensive subject index
- an index to speeches
- a voting chart of resolutions
- United Nations Documents Index (United Nations Digital Library) References to all documents by subject area are published. A collection of indexes is held by the Dag Hammarskjöld and Law Library, Uppsala, and the Libraries at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva.