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International Civil Aviation Day

Last Updated : 22 Sep, 2023
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International Civil Aviation Day is observed on the 7th of December every year in order to recognize the importance of aviation and most important international travel to support the social and economic development of countries in the world. With an intent to spread awareness among the people across the world regarding the importance of international civil aviation and its contribution to the social and economic development of the countries, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) began celebrating this day on 7 December since the year 1994 which was officially declared as Civil Aviation Day in 1996.

Significance of International Civil Aviation Day

International Civil Aviation Organization or ICAO is an agency of the United Nations (UN) which is responsible for the coordination of international air travel as well as it forms rules of airspace, aircraft registration, safety, security, and other rules and their implementation for air travel internationally.

7 December was adopted as International Civil Aviation Day during the Convention on International Civil Aviation which is also popularly known as Chicago Convention as it was held in Chicago, United States (US). The convention was held in the year 1944 and also formed the ICAO the same day when the rules were discussed, decided, and signed by the delegates of 54 nations during the convention that became effective, on April 4. Later, in the month of October, ICAO was made an agency of the United Nations Economic and Social Council that is also known as ECOSOC in short.

The decision to celebrate Civil Aviation Day on 7 December was taken in 1994 and was meant to mark the 50th anniversary of signing the Convention on International Civil Aviation or Chicago Convention.

Rules and regulations under International Civil Aviation Day are now part of the UN’s ‘Agenda 2030’ which is a plan of action for people, the planet, and prosperity. Agenda 2030, is basically a plan that is aimed at peace, and economic and political development of citizens of the member countries.

Importance of Aviation as a Key Element of Development

As aviation is the prominent means of international transport for citizens of any country for various reasons including, tourism, business, and education, it definitely contributes to the economies through all these ways, hence a major factor of development measurements.

Like any other important day that is meant for awareness has a theme, Civil Aviation Awareness Day also has specific themes that are based on goals. ICAO has announced that the theme for Civil Awareness Day until 2023 is ‘Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development’. ICAO decides on a special anniversary for the day every five-year special anniversary. The ongoing theme was decided in 2021 that will go on till the year 2023.

To mark the celebration of this day, the ICAO conducts several events, activities, seminars, sessions, and news announcements related to civil aviation. In order to bring awareness and achieve its goals, and also implement the rules and regulations regarding safety measures in civil aviation, the ICAO works in collaboration with government, organizations, companies, and even individuals.


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