On the occasion of International Civil Aviation Day, observed on 7 December each year, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for investment in long-term sustainability.
civil aviation sector Should invest in short term recovery and long term stability“The head of the United Nations said in a message marking the day, noting that the world needs an aviation sector”Healthy, resilient and climate conscious,
He also noted that the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect international aviation, even if air travel is once again possible, thanks to increased vaccination rates and testing protocols.
Recalling that countries have recently committed to strengthen cooperation and risk management under the auspices of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Mr Guterres called for the “immediate” fulfillment of these commitments.
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,Many developing economies depend on international air connectivity, which supports investments in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.”, he said, noting that the safe resumption of air travel requires countries to work together to implement the World Health Organization’s strategy, which aims to reach 40% of each country’s population and 70 percent of the population by the end of the year. vaccination up to mid of 2022.
He also said that the recovery from the pandemic is a unique opportunity for all regions to lead truly transformative climate action, strengthen their long-term resilience and advance sustainable development.
,Currently, the commitments made by the aviation sector in the climate sector are not sufficient to achieve the 1.5 degree target set out in the Paris Agreement.”, the head of the United Nations expressed regret.
It further recommended that the ICAO Assembly, at its next session, adopt a new set of ambitious targets to reduce net emissions to zero by 2050, setting intermediate targets and formulating credible implementation plans for 2030.
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