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The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) helps the United Nations address some of the most pressing issues on the global agenda, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today during a ceremony in Chicago celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Chicago Convention.

“In 2014, we are facing new threats that never could have been imagined when ICAO was founded,” Mr. Ban said. “Then, as now, we know that we can only overcome these threats through a collective, international response.”

The Secretary-General’s address to an Extraordinary Session of ICAO’s Permanent Council was part of a day of events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Convention on International Aviation, better known as the Chicago Convention after the city where United States city where it was signed in 1944.

The Convention, which established ICAO, a specialized UN agency tasked with coordinating and regulating international air travel, sets rules of airspace, aircraft registration and safety, and undertakes compliance audits, performs studies and analyses.

In his remarks, Mr. Ban spotlighted cooperation between the UN and ICAO on major global challenges, specifically in the health, security and environmental fields.


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