India has been re-elected in the new Council of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), as one of the states making the
largest contribution to the provision of facilities for international civil air navigation.
The 38th session of the Assembly of ICAO completed the election of the Council in Montreal on 1 October. The 36- member Council is the governing body of the Organization and is elected for a three-year term.
The election process was divided into three parts, with the following states elected:
PART I – Comprises of States of chief importance in air transport like Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russian Federation, United Kingdom and the United States. All of them have been re-elected.
PART II – Comprises of States which make the largest contribution to the provision of facilities for international civil air navigation which includes Argentina, Egypt, India, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain and Venezuela. All states except Norway, Portugal and Venezuela are not elected.
PART III – Comprises of States ensuring geographic representation like Bolivia, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chile, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Libya, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Poland, Republic of Korea, United Arab Emirates and United Republic of Tanzania. Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Libya, Nicaragua, Poland and United Republic of Tanzania have been elected for the first time.
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, capacity and environmental protection, amongst many other priorities. The organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States.