Dr. Liu Fang (Photo: VCG)
The Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) reappointed Dr. Liu Fang of China today as Secretary General of the UN Specialized Agency for a second three-year term.
"It is my great honor to accept this re-appointment and continue to drive the transformational changes I have begun across ICAO and its Regional Offices in order to make this a more streamlined and efficient UN specialized agency leading such a dynamic sector," Dr. Liu, whose new term will begin on 1 August, 2018, said.
Dr. Liu was first appointed to the position on 1 August, 2015, serving as the first female Secretary General of the Montreal-based organization.
"Over the past nearly three years, ICAO has made strides to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the standards-making process. We have seen an overall increase in Effective Implementation for safety and security," Dr. Liu said in her acceptance speech. "We have engaged in promoting the role of aviation and demonstrating how air transport systems contribute to the achievement of the UN SDGs. We have worked very hard to optimize ICAO’s operations and to reinforce the organization’s support to States, by strengthening regional presence, enhancing coordination and partnerships, and streamlining technical assistance, cooperation and training."
"Looking forward," Dr. Liu added, "our foremost challenge is the unprecedented traffic growth along with the rapid advancements in aviation technologies. Our principal standard-making function will need to keep pace with these changes. Meanwhile, the time has come to consider a strengthened role for ICAO in implementation support."
She elaborated on a wide range of aviation safety, security, efficiency and sustainability objectives for the UN agency.
The ICAO chief said she is determined to streamline the structure and activities of the Organization to optimize resources.