Remembering ICAO President Emeritus Dr. Assad Kotaite
ICAO President Emeritus Assad Kotaite, 89, died in Montreal on February 27, 2014. Dr. Kotaite, who was Lebanese, was Secretary General of ICAO from 1970-76. He also served as President of the ICAO Council from 1976-06. As a renowned international civil servant, Dr. Kotaite's focus was on improving the safety and security of civil aviation around the world, and he helped build ICAO into the effective international organization it is today. Dr. Kotaite was a good friend of the United States and his presence on the international stage will be dearly missed by all.
Meeting with ICAO Secretary General
U.S. Charge d'Affaires Joseph L. Novak met with ICAO Secretary General Raymond Benjamin (pictured left) on February 20 at ICAO headquarters in Montreal. The Secretary General and the Charge discussed ways to make international civil aviation safer, more secure and more sustainable. They also discussed the Secretary General's upcoming visit to Washington, D.C.
Charge d'Affaires meets with Colombian Representatives
Charge d'Affaires Joseph L. Novak met with Colombian representatives to ICAO on February 18. Mr. Alberto Munoz-Gomez, the Colombian Representative to ICAO, is pictured center and Cesar Augusto Bejarano Ramon, Legal Advisor and Air Navigation Commission Observer, is pictured on the left. Mr. Novak and the Colombian representatives discussed issues related to international civil aviation including those related to flight safety and security in the Americas region. They agreed that the United States and Colombia need to continue to work closely together on issues of mutual concern at ICAO.
U.S. Welcomes New ICAO Council President
On January 15, Joseph L. Novak, Charge d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to ICAO (R), and David C. Behrens, FAA-nominated Air Navigation Commissioner (L), congratulated Dr. Benard Aliu on his assumption of duties as President of the ICAO Council. Charge Novak underscored that the U.S. looks forward to working with Dr. Aliu on making international civil aviation safer, more secure, and more sustainable. Prior to becoming Council President, Dr. Aliu served as Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to ICAO. He also served the Nigerian government as a civil aviation expert. Dr. Aliu is the first Council President from Africa.
U.S. Ambassador Duane E. Woerth departed Montreal on December 20, 2013.
After over three years of service, U.S. Ambassador Duane E. Woerth departed Montreal on December 20, 2013. Before he left, his colleagues at ICAO and at the U.S. Mission held a reception in his honor. Ambassador Woerth is pictured with incoming Council President Dr. Benard Aliu of Nigeria (right) and outgoing Council President Roberto Kobeh of Mexico (left) at the December 19 event. Joseph L. Novak, Alternate U.S. Representative, is the Charge d'Affaires, a.i., of the Mission until a new ambassador arrives in Montreal.
Ambassador Keynote Speaker at the AeroMontréal Innovation Forum
In his remarks as the featured speaker at the AeroMontréal Innovation Forum on December 2, Ambassador Duane Woerth emphasized that the United States was an aerospace nation. “Aerospace is a driver of our economy, it is a driver of our international partnerships, and it is a driver of our innovation,” said Ambassador Woerth. Nearly 500,000 Americans are directly employed in the sector, and innovations in manufacturing, air navigation, and energy efficiency are creating additional opportunities for growth in the United States. The biennial AeroMontréal Innovation Forum brings together over 1,000 aerospace professionals from 17 countries to discuss best practices and emerging trends within the sector.
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) held its triennial (general) Assembly from September 24 through October 4 in Montreal. Delegates from over 180 member-states reviewed and adopted detailed proposals to improve the international civil aviation system in the security, safety and economic sustainability areas. The U.S. welcomed the substantial progress achieved in all key areas. The U.S. was also re-elected to ICAO’s 36-member Council.