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U.S. Delegation to the International Civil Aviation Organization Assembly

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
September 27, 2010


The United States strongly supports the important work of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a UN specialized agency which develops and promotes standards and practices for the safety, security and environmental sustainability of international civil aviation.

ICAO will hold its 37th triennial session of the ICAO Assembly from September 28 through October 8, 2010, in Montreal, Canada. The United States will send a senior-level interagency delegation to the Assembly, led by Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano will join for a portion of the Assembly to participate in an unprecedented discussion among ICAO’s 190 member states on the issue of aviation security, on September 28th. The delegation also includes Administrator J. Randolph Babbitt of the Federal Aviation Administration, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration John Pistole, National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah Hersman, and Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs, Esther Brimmer.

The Assembly will review the work of ICAO over the last three years and set ICAO’s work program and budget for the next triennium. In addition, the Assembly will elect 36 Member States to serve on the ICAO Council, for which the U.S. is a candidate for re-election.

Media Inquiries:
Jeanne Clark (202)340-7751


PRN: 2010/1349


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