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ICAO’s Group on International Aviation and Climate Change Starts Formulating the Programme of Action on International Aviation and Climate Change

Third meeting of the Group on International Aviation and Climate Change of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

17 February 2009: In an opening address to the third meeting of the Group on International Aviation and Climate Change of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Roberto Kobeh González, ICAO President of the Council, indicated that the meeting will focus on formulating the Programme of Action on International Aviation and Climate Change.

He stressed to the meeting, which is convening in Montreal, Canada, from 17-19 February 2009, that the Programme should acknowledge the principles of non-discrimination and fair opportunities, as well as that of common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities under the UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol. On emissions trading schemes, he recalled Assembly Resolution A36-22, which implies that these strategies and measures should be voluntary. He also highlighted Assembly Resolution A36-22, which promotes special considerations for developing countries and assistance.

Kobeh welcomed the adoption of the Ministerial Declaration on Global Environment and Energy in Transport at the Ministerial Conference on Global Environment and Energy in Transport, which was hosted by the Government of Japan in January 2009 and supported the key role of ICAO as the competent UN body on aviation issues. [The Opening Speech] [Meeting Website]