The International Civil Aviation Organization was founded in
The most important work accomplished by the Chicago Conference was in the technical field because the Conference laid the foundation for a set of rules and regulations regarding air navigation as a whole which brought safety in flying a great step forward and paved the way for the application of a common air navigation system throughout the world.
Because of the inevitable delays in the ratification
of the Convention, the Conference had signed an Interim Agreement, which
foresaw the creation of a Provisional International Organization of a technical
and advisory nature with the purpose of collaboration in the field of
international civil aviation (PICAO). This Organization was in operation from
August 1945 to April 1947 when the permanent ICAO came into being. Its seat was
The creation of ICAO brought an end to the
International Commission for Air Navigation (ICAN). In 1910, a conference on
international air law code, attended by representatives of 18 European nations,
was convened in
The first president of the ICAO Council was Edward Warner. This American aviation pioneer led the council from 1947 to 1957. In his honour ICAO created the Edward Warner Award for aviation pioneers or organizations that have contributed to civil aviation.
Since 1994 7 December is celebrated as International Civil Aviation Day. The purpose of the global celebration is to generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of States, and of the role of ICAO in promoting the safety, efficiency and regularity of international air transport.
The website of the International Civil Aviation Organization.
Flag of ICAO in Flags of the World.
Related persons - winners of the Edward Warner Award
1959 Plesman, Albert
Catalogue - general issues
UNOstamps subject page 058
last revised: 26 August 2010