Ambassador to Head Key ICAO Committee
The ICAO Council selected Ambassador Michael A. Lawson to be Chairmen of its Unlawful Interference Committee (UIC) on June 12. The Unlawful Interference Committee focuses on the security of international civil aviation and is a vital coordinating body at ICAO in the post-September 11, 2001, timeframe. The Ambassador will hold the position from 2015-16. While serving in this key position, the Ambassador will work closely with other ICAO member-states and the ICAO Secretariat. He will also liaise with expert bodies in the U.S. government, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Ambassador Hosts Lunch for Americas Region
Ambassador Michael A. Lawson hosted a lunch for ICAO representatives from the Americas region on June 11, 2015. The Ambassador was joined at the lunch by representatives from South and North America, including those from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. Daniel Vaca of the FAA's International Office also participated.
Ambassador Opens Industry Reception
Ambassador Michael A. Lawson gave the opening remarks at a reception held at ICAO’s Montreal headquarters on June 9, 2015. The reception was sponsored by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), a U.S-based industry organization representing companies that rely on general aviation aircraft. During the event, the NBAA and Jeppesen, a Boeing Company subsidiary, presented historical aviation documents to ICAO’s Museum. The event drew a large group, including representatives from ICAO member-states, the ICAO Secretariat, and the aviation industry. More about General Aviation »
Ambassador meets with ICAO Representatives from Africa
Ambassador Michael A. Lawson held a lunch for permanent representatives of the African states on the ICAO Council on May 7 (please see photo). Dr. Benard Aliu, the President of the Council (Nigeria), joined the lunch, as did the permanent representatives from Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, and Tanzania, among others.
Ambassador Briefs Interns
Ambassador Lawson met with interns from U.S. Consulate General Montreal on April 30 (please see photo). The Ambassador briefed the interns, who were from Canada and France, on the U.S. government's and ICAO's efforts to make civil aviation safer and more secure. The interns asked the Ambassador questions about civil aviation and then went on a tour of the ICAO Headquarters building.
Ambassador Michael A. Lawson met with Dr. Fang Liu, the Director of ICAO's Bureau of Administration and Services, on April 1 (please see photo). ICAO's governing Council selected Dr. Liu to be the organization's next Secretary General on March 11. Dr. Liu, who is from China, will take up her new assignment on August 1, replacing Raymond Benjamin of France. Dr. Liu is the first woman to be appointed ICAO Secretary General and the second from an Asia-Pacific nation.
U.S. Ambassadors Highlight Diversity
Ambassador Michael A. Lawson participated in the U.S. Chiefs of Mission Conference held in Washington, D.C., March 25-26. During the conference, African American U.S. Ambassadors met and discussed key issues, including the importance of diversity in the workforce. Please see the photo of the group, including Ambassador Lawson (who is sixth from the right). U.S. Secretary of State Kerry has made clear that diversity is vital to the U.S., stating that: “In order to represent the United States to the world, the Department of State must have a workforce that reflects the rich composition of its citizenry. The skills, knowledge, perspectives, ideas, and experiences of all of its employees contribute to the vitality and success of the global mission.” If you are interested in U.S. State Department careers »
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