70th Anniversary of the Signing of the Convention on International Civil Aviation

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
December 8, 2014

As a founding member of International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the United States congratulates the organization on 70 years as an influential and effective international body.

Seventy years ago in Chicago, 52 nations including the United States established an agreement that would guide the development of civil aviation.

That agreement, signed on December 7, 1944, created the framework within which the aviation industry has grown and established ICAO as the forum through which the international community has promoted aviation safety and security.

Today ICAO boasts 191 member states, and remains a vital tool in guiding the evolution of the aviation sector on a range of challenging safety, security, and sustainability issues, such as flight tracking, information sharing, and environmental impact.

We pledge our continued active engagement and support.