China News Service, Toronto, December 6. On the occasion of International Civil Aviation Day on December 7, United Nations Secretary-General Guterres and the leaders of the International Civil Aviation Organization respectively addressed the key priorities of air transport facing the world today.

  In his speech, UN Secretary-General Guterres stated that aviation is an important engine of the world and will play a key role in promoting the world's recovery from the new crown epidemic.

He called for ensuring that the aviation industry gets the support it needs so that countries around the world can maintain connectivity and unity.

  He said that this year's International Civil Aviation Day is catching up with the new crown epidemic, which has blocked international aviation connections.

The epidemic has also disrupted the operations and finances of airlines and airports around the world, making it difficult to ensure the global supply of medicines, vaccines, humanitarian aid and other important supplies.

Faced with the challenges, countries must act urgently to maintain their air transport industry.

  Guterres stated that the process of recovering from the epidemic is also an opportunity to take climate action, including taking the opportunity to make the global aviation industry more resilient and sustainable. This is done to achieve the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The key part of the effort.

He welcomed the recent commitments made by aviation professionals to net zero emissions, and urged the entire aviation industry to commit to achieving net zero by 2050 and to develop a strategy consistent with the Paris Agreement before next year’s climate conference.

  The theme of International Civil Aviation Day 2020 is "Promoting Innovation for Global Aviation Development".

Salvatore Sharquitano, Chairman of the ICAO Council, and Liu Fang, Secretary-General, stated in the statement that the commitment to innovation has always been at the core of the aviation industry. It has helped countries achieve aviation safety and security through ICAO. , Efficiency, and continuous performance improvement in the economic and environmental sustainability of international operations.

  The statement said that the ICAO Council (including its Council Aviation Recovery Task Force) continues to encourage innovative and prudent measures to help countries respond to the epidemic and eventually recover from it.

Looking ahead to the world after the epidemic, innovation will become the core of the new era of aviation, autonomous aircraft, renewable energy and propulsion energy, suborbital flight, artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, big data, blockchain, and many others. Exciting development will change the face of flying as we know it.

  The statement said that the success of these efforts, as always, depends on the global commitment of countries and industry to achieve standardization, coordination and cooperation in the ICAO. Today, these responsibilities and capabilities are more important than ever, because we are facing a double challenge together, not only to control the new crown epidemic, but also to slow down the extremely serious society caused by its restrictions on air connectivity between developed and developing countries. Economic impact. (Finish)