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 »
President Obama Congratulates ICAO
In a letter sent to ICAO President Aliu, President Obama congratulated ICAO on its 70th anniversary. President Obama also highlighted ICAO's outstanding efforts to promote international civil aviation's safety, security, and sustainability. Please find a copy of the letter here: PDF 21 KB »
U.S. participates in ICAO Climate Change Talks
A U.S. delegation visited ICAO from March 3-5 in order to participate in the ongoing talks related to curbing the carbon emissions used in civil aviation. Ambassador Lawson is pictured with Dr. Lourdes Maurice of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Julia Meisel of the U.S. State Department was also a member of the delegation.
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.
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