The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations, which sets the standards and recommended practices that foster the safe and orderly development of civil aviation. CANSO has official observer status at ICAO, which enables CANSO to participate in ICAO’s activities and initiatives.

CANSO’s primary role in ICAO is to contribute by providing ATM technical expertise in the development of Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs), procedures, policies and other guidance material. States use this in their legislative, regulatory and policy actions to meet their obligations under the Convention on International Civil Aviation, the Chicago Convention.

CANSO’s engagement also provides CANSO Members with insight into ICAO work programmes and initiatives that may affect them. Through participation in work programmes, CANSO helps define the requirements that need global standardisation and the means by which those regulatory requirements can best be met through the development of industry best practice. This cooperation and communication between ICAO and the industry is vital in harmonising global ATM.

To maintain a strong aviation industry voice at ICAO, CANSO also collaborates with other industry observers to ICAO. This liaison with industry partners helps to identify common points of view relating to ICAO work programmes, regions and states, and includes attendance to global symposia and fora.

CANSO also engages with ICAO at a regional level through participation in ICAO regional planning and implementation groups (PIRGs) and their various sub groups worldwide.

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