South Korea to host UN aviation agency’s international forum this week

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SEOUL, April 11 (Yonhap) — The United Nations’ main aviation agency will host a major legal forum in Seoul this week, where some 800 officials from a dozen countries will discuss ways to ensure the industry’s safe recovery. aviation world in the post-pandemic era, Seoul’s land ministry said Monday.

The 2022 International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Legal Seminar will begin on Tuesday for a three-day duration in Seoul, as well as via teleconference, co-hosted by South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport .

This year’s event, which will be the first in-person meeting since the start of the pandemic and the sixth of its kind, will bring together ICAO Secretary General Juan Carlos Salazar; Michael Gill, its director of legal affairs; and other key figures, according to the ministry.

During the forum, participants will explore ways to promote the safe recovery of the global aviation industry from the pandemic, with a focus on policies and procedures regarding public health and quarantine measures.

It will also discuss how to establish rules on the increase in “unlawful acts” by passengers and the increase in cybersecurity threats facing civil aviation.

They will also discuss the global aviation industry’s emissions reduction efforts and the legal understanding of drones and other forms of air mobility, according to the ministry.

“This seminar is expected to give new impetus to the global aviation industry, which has been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said the ministry’s civil aviation bureau chief Kim Yong-seong.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of South Korea’s membership of ICAO, he said, adding that the agency’s legal support has helped the country develop in the aviation industry.

In 2020, Korea ranked fifth in the world in terms of air travel, according to government data.

South Korea is a member state of the ICAO Council for a seventh consecutive term since 2001 and is seeking another term at the General Assembly session to be held from September to October in Montreal, Canada.

Established in 1947 as an agency of the United Nations, ICAO develops policies and standards for international air navigation and conducts compliance audits and other roles with the aim of ensuring the safety of global civil aviation and to strengthen the capacity and efficiency of the system.

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