U.S. Delegation meets with ICAO Secretary General
A delegation from the U.S. State Department met with ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin on February 6. Ambassador Lawson is pictured with Robert J. Faucher, Director of the Office of Specialized and Technical Agencies in the Bureau of International Organizations Affairs (IO/STA) (R), and Mr. Benjamin (C). Ms. Carrie LaCrosse of the IO Bureau and Ms. Dionandrea Shorts of the Economic and Business Affairs Bureau (EB) were also part of the State Department delegation.
U.S. Delegation visits ICAO for Safety Conference
A U.S. delegation participated in ICAO's High-Level Safety Conference, February 2-5, 2015. Ambassador Lawson is pictured with Michael P. Huerta (R), the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, and Christopher A. Hart (L), the acting Chair of the National Transportation Safety Board. Administrator Huerta and acting Chairman Hart are leading the U.S. delegation.
U.S. Delegation participates in ICAO Climate Change Talks
A U.S. delegation visited ICAO from January 20-22 in order to participate in ongoing talks related to curbing the carbon emissions used in civil aviation. Ambassador Lawson is pictured with Julia Meisel (R) of the U.S. State Department and Carl Burleson (L) of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Dr. Lourdes Maurice of the FAA was also a member of the delegation.
Ambassador welcomes Congressman Mica
Ambassador Lawson welcomed U.S. Representative John Mica (R, Fl.) to the U.S. Mission to ICAO on December 15. While at ICAO, the Congressman met with a roundtable of ICAO and IATA experts. He also met with ICAO Council President Benard Aliu. He is pictured with Ambassador Lawson.
ICAO Holds Extraordinary Council Session in Chicago
In honor of the founding of the organization 70 years ago, ICAO held an Extraordinary Session of its Council on December 8. The event took place in Chicago where the Convention creating ICAO was signed in 1944. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx led the U.S. delegation, which included FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs Bathsheba Crocker, and Ambassador Michael Lawson. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon participated in the event while President Benard Aliu and Secretary General Raymond Benjamin represented ICAO. Other special guests included Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago and Mayor Denis Coderre of Montreal.
Secretary Kerry Congratulates ICAO on its 70th Anniversary
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued the following statement on December 8, 2014, concerning the formation of ICAO 70 years ago: http://icao.usmission.gov/pr120814.html »
Congratulations to ICAO
Ambassador Lawson and the entire U.S. Mission to ICAO would like to salute ICAO on the seventieth anniversary of its formation in December 1944 in Chicago. ICAO is at the center of the international community's efforts to manage the continuing growth in air travel, and to make it safer, more secure and more sustainable. The U.S. government joins all ICAO members in congratulating the organization on its work over these last seven decades while underscoring its firm support for further improvements to the international air travel system.
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