ICAO Secretary General Dr. Fang Liu
stressed the need for continued progress on the sustainability of
international aviation this past Saturday, as she accepted the 2017
Air Transport News (ATN) Leader of the Year Award during a special
ceremony in Ekali, Greece.
"I am deeply honoured to be named
ATN's Leader of the Year, an accolade which I proudly accept in
recognition of the great leadership role that the International
Civil Aviation Organization has continued to uphold," Dr. Liu
declared. "I also accept it on behalf of the many officials of the
Member States and international and regional organizations with
whom I have the great privilege to collaborate as ICAO Secretary
General, and also the many industry leaders and experts who play
such an important part in our work."
"This is an important moment in
the history of our sector, with many challenges now confronting
ICAO and the entire air transport community," the Secretary General
continued. "It is critical, therefore, that as we confront the
prospects of dramatic air transport growth, our global community
also continues on pace to refine aviation's objectives for safety,
security, efficiency, economic development and environmental
Since 2012, ATN has presented
annual awards in 11 air transport sector categories. Its Leader of
the Year Award has previously been awarded to airport and airline
CEOs and to ICAO's previous Secretary General.
During her mission to Greece, Dr.
Liu conducted bilateral meetings with the country's Alternate
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prof. George Katrougalos, and the
Governor of the Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority, Mr. Konstantinos
Lintzerakos. Topics discussed included priorities of common
interest in the fields of safety, security, environment protection,
capacity building and training, and the socio-economic benefits
which can follow when States ensure compliance with ICAO's global
The Greek officials expressed
interest in becoming new members of ICAO's Public Key Directory, a
crucial tool in the UN agency's global travel document security
framework. They also recognized the value in enhancing their
State's implementation of the latest Performance-based Navigation
(PBN) procedures, which realize fuel efficiency, capacity
enhancement, and emissions reduction benefits.