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 »
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.
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