ICAO is committed to gender equality – Council President Sciacchitano
The ICAO Secretary-General Dr. Fang Liu has disclosed that ICAO has agreed to partner with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO) on a new joint GRF training programme taking into consideration the coming to effect this November of its new Global Reporting Format for Runway Surface Conditions (GRF).
The new online course, according to ICAO, has been specifically designed for air traffic controllers and aeronautical information service staff, and will be available for enrolment in April of this year on the ICAO Global Aviation Training website. It complements existing courses developed in cooperation with Airports Council International (ACI) for airport operations staff, and with IATA for flight crews.
“Runway safety continues to remain
aviation’s biggest safety challenge, representing more than half of all
accidents reported to ICAO for commercial operations,” emphasized ICAO Secretary
General Dr. Fang Liu.
“We have been collaborating in recent years on numerous initiatives to reduce runway safety-related accidents and incidents worldwide, and the hard work undertaken to forge international consensus on the new GRF, in addition to this new collaborative training course supporting it, should help to deliver substantial runway safety performance improvements.”
The ICAO GRF will be effective as of 4 November 2021 and establishes a new methodology for assessing and reporting runway surface conditions to improve take-off and landing performance.
The new agreement is the first of its kind between the three international organizations, and sets the stage for future collaboration on global safety enhancement initiatives.
In another development, the ICAO Governing Council said it has adopted concrete commitments in a new Declaration on Improving Gender Representation in ICAO’s Governing and Technical Bodies on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2021.
The new commitments include that all future ICAO Council committees, working groups, panels, and other governance or technical bodies, as well as their Chair Groups where applicable and the Council’s own Vice-President cohort, must be comprised of both men and women.
Other commitments included protecting ICAO policies and standards from gender-discriminatory language, promoting gender-neutral language for its own communications, and working to increase the number of women having access to Council level responsibilities.
The new Declaration also noted that #IWD2021 would mark the start of new Council advocacy efforts at the global, regional and national levels, and called on all of ICAO’s 193 Member States to systematically promote the role of women in aviation and to give due regard and equal opportunity to the nomination of qualified female candidates when nominating Representatives and other experts and officials to ICAO bodies and groups.
Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano welcomed the new Declaration, the adoption of which was part of a series of recommendations from a special gender group the Council had established during the tenth meeting of its 221st Session last November.
“Reducing gender equality gaps can only be addressed when men and women work hand-in-hand to drive the needed changes together,” he highlighted, “and I’m grateful for the Council’s new and very strong commitments on gender equality which have been adopted here today. The pandemic has made it clear how diverse leadership benefits everyone, and how women and men can collectively and more effectively solve the urgent challenges of our time through more equally shared responsibilities.”