ICAO begins introduction of Global Implementation Roadmap

The roadmap will support ICAO states in applying the COVID-19 recovery measures outlined by the organisation’s CART Report.

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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has begun the global rollout of a civil aviation recovery Global Implementation Roadmap (GIR), providing a framework for countries as they begin to apply the COVID-19 pandemic restart and recovery measures in the ICAO Council’s Aviation Recovery Task Force (CART) recommendations and annexed ‘Take-off’ guidance document.

The United Nations (UN) specialised agency for civil aviation began conducting a series of GIR preview webinars during July 2020 with Director Generals of Civil Aviation (DGCAs) from all world regions, explaining its priorities and describing the important monitoring and reporting platform, and ‘Implementation Packages’ (iPack) resources, which ICAO has established to support it.

In addressing the DGCAs from Africa, the Americas, the North Atlantic and Europe during three separate webinars, ICAO’s Secretary General, Dr. Fang Liu, noted that the GIR “encompasses ICAO’s priority activities and initiatives in an outcome-driven format. It has been a significant team effort, involving all of ICAO’s Bureaus and Regional Offices, and also underwent a detailed consultation with our UN colleagues at the World Health Organization (WHO), International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Organization for Migration (IOM), industry groups such as International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports Council International (ACI), Civil Air Navigation Services Organisation (CANSO), the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA), International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), as well as regional aviation organisations and commissions”.

Liu noted that the activities and initiatives identified in the GIR provide required support for countries as they begin to apply the COVID-19 pandemic restart and recovery measures recommended in the CART Report, which in turn are to be guided at every stage by the latest and best public health advice relevant to the local COVID-19 status that states are facing.

“Recognising that a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution may not respond to states’ individual and collective efforts in light of local, national and regional needs, the GIR positions itself to support and complement states and industry actions, where necessary and in respect of appropriate responsibilities,” she clarified.

Global and regional GIR initiatives will be aligned, documented and updated, and these initiatives – along with the associated timelines – will be compiled in the GIR’s Online Roadmap. ICAO conducted a series of earlier webinars to present the content and functionalities of ICAO’s COVID-19 Response and Recovery Implementation Centre (CRRIC) – in particular, its gap analysis tool and database of risk mitigation measures. 

“The Online Roadmap will enhance transparency, allow flexibility in regional implementation and facilitate partnerships with all stakeholders,” Liu emphasised. 

A related and essential component of ICAO’s CART Report implementation support activities are the tailored ‘iPacks’, which ICAO is making available on a cost-recovery basis and which bundle together specific guidance materials, training, tools and expert assistance.

The agency also announced to its DGCA audiences that it is working on an interactive dashboard for COVID-19 Operational Impacts on Air Transport, which ICAO is now monitoring worldwide.

Liu concluded: “Accounting for aviation’s instrumental role in the post-crisis recovery, and its value and benefits towards the realisation of national, regional and global priorities, the continuous firm engagement and commitment to the CART recommendations and guidance, through the GIR activities and tools, will be pivotal to how we navigate aviation through the course of restart and recovery.” 

She added: “I would like to reaffirm ICAO’s highest commitment to fulfilling our important multilateral role during this crisis, and to actively providing support as required and outlined in the GIR to tackle the imminent issues and challenges arising from the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.”

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