International Civil Aviation Day

By S Mukhtar. Dated: 12/7/2018 12:54:45 PM

"Good Uncle."
"Yes dear."
"7 December: what special day?"
"Yes, 7 December is International Civil Aviation Day."
"How the Day come?"
"The UN General Assembly established the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to manage the administration and governance of the Convention on International Civil Aviation, in 1944. This Organization celebrated the International Civil Aviation Day on every 7 December since 1994, and in 1996 the United Nations General Assembly, in accordance with an ICAO initiative and with the Canadian Government's assistance, proclaimed that 7 December was to be the International Civil Aviation Day; since the Day is an official UN day."
"But why celebrate the Day…what the purpose?"
"Well, the purpose of the celebration is to highlight the importance of international civil aviation, its impact on social and economic development, and help to demonstrate the role of the ICAO in promoting safety, efficiency, and regularity of international air transport."
"Uncle, themes of the Day what please?"
"Dear, the ICAO Council, every five years coinciding with ICAO anniversaries, selects a special theme for the Day, and the theme for 2015-2018 is: Working Together to Ensure No Country is Left Behind."
"And Uncle, but what are the activities of the Day?"
"Yes dear; ICAO was established on 7 December 1944 to secure international cooperation and uniformity in civil aviation matters. And it is ICAO that actively promotes the Day through various activities and events and for that it gets very good support from governments, organizations, businesses, and individuals. The activities include seminars, educational lectures, classroom activities, distribution of published material, and news announcements on international civil aviation topics. That is how the Day is celebrated globally especially in countries such as South Africa."
"Great Uncle, I very much like the Day and its annual celebration."
"Good…yes but why?"
"Military aviation, Uncle, directly reflects our world is fragmented into many states not at peace with one another and now poised and ready to reduce our entire planet to dust in space…no winners and losers! Civil aviation indirectly reflects that the entire planet belongs to all of us and anyone can sit and enjoy anywhere he likes. Yes, our world is One Whole and may we see the day when it is owned administered ruled as such. To my humble mind, the International Civil Aviation Day points to that…O may it so be soon, soon!"



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