VISION, MISSION AND STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES ICAO works to achieve its vision of safe, secure and sustainable development of civil aviation through cooperation amongst its Contracting States. To implement this vision, the Council adopted the following Strategic Objectives for the period 2005-2010 Safety Enhance global civil aviation safety Security Enhance global civil aviation security Environmental Protection Minimize the adverse effect of global civil aviation on the environment Efficiency Enhance the efficiency of aviation operations Continuity Maintain the continuity of aviation operations Rule of Law Strengthen law governing international civil aviation These objectives reflect the status, role and responsibilities of ICAO as the leader in the development and promotion of SARPs and in auditing compliance to them institution facilitating and assisting its Contracting States in the implementation of SARPs, Air Navigation Plans, and ICAO policies promoter of global air transport policies for an efficient international civil aviation system ultimate venue for crisis management in international civil aviation body dealing with the development and diffusion of international air law and with the settlement of international civil aviation disputes and central institution for global governance in civil aviation. In addition, the six Strategic Objectives form the basis of the Strategic Positioning of the Organization as the global driver of safety management systems designed to achieve measurable results in aviation safety the promoter and coordinator of performance-based security measures amongst States the leading international organization pursuing unified and coordinated measures to reduce civil aviations impact on the environment and the key driver in the implementation of harmonized air traffic management systems and performance-based efficiency improvements.
TO THE ASSEMBLY OF THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANIZATION I have the honour to transmit, at the direction of the Council, its Report for the year 2006 prepared in compliance with Article 54a of the Convention on International Civil Aviation. It constitutes documentation for the next regular Session of the Assembly, which will be convened in 2007, but it is being circulated to Contracting States now for their information. It will also be sent to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations in pursuance of Article VI, paragraph 2 a of the Agreement between the United Nations and ICAO. The year 2006 was characterized by highly significant, if not historical, achievements in the four key areas of ICAO activities safety, security, environmental protection and efficiency of operations. Safety statistics published by ICAO confirm that the global air transport system is as safe as ever. Two major events will contribute to further enhancing safety in the coming years. The first is the milestone decision taken at the Directors General of Civil Aviation Conference DGCA/06 in March 2006. Participants unanimously agreed that the results of the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme USOAP audits would be placed on the ICAO public website, with the consent of States, as soon as possible but not later than 23 March 2008. As of May 2007, 87 States had consented. The vote of confidence in the principle of transparency should encourage States to more quickly correct outstanding deficiencies identified under USOAP and make it easier for States and donors to provide those in need with the required financial or human resources. The other major development was the presentation to ICAO, in December, of the second and final part of the industry Global Aviation Safety Roadmap. The Roadmap marks the first time that governments and industry, in consultation with ICAO safety specialists, have jointly developed a unified and coordinated approach to reducing accident rates, particularly in developing regions of the world, in accordance with the Organizations Global Aviation Safety Plan GASP. As with safety, security statistics also point to a system that remains sound. The one major security threat, the alleged plot of August 2006 in the United Kingdom potentially involving liquids used as explosives, brought a swift response from ICAO and showed the determination of the Organization to deal with security issues in a rapid, proactive and cooperative manner. Within days of the event, the Organization brought together States concerned, law enforcement agencies and industry representatives to develop an effective response. Eventually, a series of interim measures on this new threat were issued, for implementation no later than 1 March 2007, with permanent guidelines and a revised list of items that may not be brought on board aircraft to be published by June 2007. On the environmental front, the seventh meeting of Councils Committee on Aviation Environmental Protection CAEP/7 took place in February 2007. This meeting was the prelude to discussions at the 36th Session of the Assembly for updating the consolidated statement of ICAO policies and practices related to environmental protection. The CAEP/7 cycle was highly productive. Amongst other things, it initiated the establishment of the inter-dependencies modelling framework, providing greater analytical capability for CAEP in making recommendations.
It selected and analysed candidate models and databases that will enable a comprehensive assessment of options to address the impact of aviation on the environment. It laid the groundwork for future assessments of the evolution of noise and emissions emanating from aviation operations and established a process for formulating a long-term vision for NOx goals. Novel solutions to address emissions from international aviation were considered and distinct approaches to deal with the impact of aviation on local air quality and on the global climate were proposed, making it possible to address these issues separately in the CAEP cycle. All of these initiatives and more support ICAOs resolve to provide much-needed leadership and guidance in moving towards a sustainable global air transport system. In the area of efficiency of air transport operations, on 30 November the Council approved a revision to the Global Air Navigation Plan. The revised Plan represents a new benchmark in the implementation of a global air traffic management system that features interoperability and seamlessness across regions for all users during all phases of flight. It meets agreed levels of safety, provides for optimum economic operations, is environmentally sustainable, and reflects national security requirements. ICAO has integrated this work into its Business Plan, which stresses the implementation of harmonized air traffic management systems and performance-based efficiency improvements, as well as increased functional integration between ICAO Headquarters and Regional Offices. The challenges for the next triennium and beyond will be to continue this work within the context of pressure exerted by the sustained growth of passenger and cargo traffic around the world. Based on the achievements described above and others contained in this Annual Report, ICAO and its 190 Contracting States can feel confident that they will once again be up to the task. Roberto Kobeh Gonzlez President of the Council