International Civil Aviation Day 2020

The theme of the International Civil Aviation Day 2020 is “Advancing Innovation for Global Aviation Development”.

In this unique moment in the history of international aviation, Salvatore Sciacchitano, ICAO’s Council President and Fang Liu, ICAO Secretary General, join United Nations Secretary General António Guterres in highlighting the important aviation priorities facing the world.


The commitment to innovation has always been at the heart of aviation and has been instrumental in the continuous performance improvements that countries have achieved, through ICAO, for aviation safety, protection, efficiency and economic sustainability and environmental  of international operations.

Innovation will also be at the heart of our recovery strategies and partnerships, as we will rebuild a better post-pandemic, establishing a renewed, greener and more resilient global network in the face of future pandemic threats and more reliable in terms of the economic benefits that air connectivity offers to modern societies.

Today, the ICAO Council, including its Council Aviation Recovery Taskforce, continues to encourage innovative and prudent measures to help countries respond to and ultimately recover from COVID-19. This work is supported by the ICAO Secretariat, which has innovated its own special adaptations to global aviation standards to maintain viable operations possible, establishing dedicated pandemic resources and monitoring tools to keep countries coordinated in their air transport responses.

Together, these actions keep crucial air cargo supply chains running while the world needs them most, facilitating the delivery of vital humanitarian and repatriation air services to bring families together, helping to protect passengers and flight crews every day. They are also heavily relied upon to move vaccines and other perishable and high-value goods.

Waiting for a post-pandemic world, innovation will be at the heart of the new era of aviation that is now dawning and progress in autonomous aircraft, renewable power and propulsion sources, sub-orbital flight, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, big data, blockchain, and many other exciting developments that are changing the face of flight as we know it.

Success in these efforts has always been based on a worldwide commitment to standardization, harmonization and cooperation that countries and industry achieve together with ICAO. These duties and capabilities are more important than ever today, as we face together the double challenges of controlling COVID-19 and mitigating the incredibly severe socio-economic effects it has led to, limiting air connectivity for both developed and developed societies. developing”.