Multi-Lateral Summaries > International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

A specialized agency of the United Nations, ICAO was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. The Organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member states. The ICAO or International Civil Aviation Organization is the global forum for civil aviation. ICAO works to achieve its vision of safe, secure and sustainable development of civil aviation through the cooperation of its Member States.

To implement this vision, the Organization has established the following strategic objectives for the period 2014-2016:

  1. Safety: Enhance global civil aviation safety;
  2. Air Navigation Capacity and efficiency: increase capacity and improve efficiency of the global civil aviation system;
  3. Security and Facilitation: enhance global civil aviation security and facilitation;
  4. Economic Development for Air Transport: Foster the development of a sound and economically-viable civil aviation system;
  5. Environmental Protection: Minimize the adverse environmental effects of civil aviation activities

Economic Analysis and Policy Section (EAP) in Air Transport Bureau includes the following programmes:

  • Air Transport Regulation
  • Aviation Infrastructure Management
  • Joint Financing Matters
  • Economic analysis
  • Forecasting Activities

Environmental matters are the main responsibility of the Environmental Branch (ENV) in Air Transport Bureau

TCB activities in this guide:

TRADE POLICY DEVELOPMENT

  • Economic development of Air Transport

LEGAL AND REGULATORY FRAMEWORK

  • Economic Regulation Programme

PHYSICAL TRADE INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Aviation Infrastructure Management

OTHER TRADE-RELATED ACTIVITIES

  • Environmental Protection