ICAO Assembly 39th session, Montreal - Politieke monitor

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Monday, January 20, 2020
date September 25, 2016 - October 7, 2016
city Montreal, Canada
attending S.A.M. (Sharon) Dijksma i, V. (Violeta) Bulc i et al.
organisation International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)

27 September - 7 October: International deal to tackle aviation emissions

The news:

The Assembly of the UN's International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is meeting in Montreal to agree on a Global Market Based Mechanism to curb CO2 emissions from international aviation. This would be the first global sectorial agreement. In line with its climate policy, the European Union will be pushing for an ambitious and binding deal.

The background:

International aviation was not explicitly mentioned in the COP21 Agreement despite the efforts of the European Union. The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is therefore expected to agree on a CO2 offsetting scheme to curb aviation emissions.

Unless effective mitigating action is taken, emissions from the aviation sector are set to rise by almost 300% in the course of the 21st century. This would potentially jeopardise the global climate commitments made in Paris and the objective to keep global-warming well below 2 degrees.

The EU is therefore pushing for an ambitious deal that can ensure carbon-neutral growth of international aviation as of 2020. This position is expressed in the so-called "Bratislava Declaration" adopted on behalf of the EU, its Member States and 16 other European states. Over the last months, the Commission has also been actively reaching out to key international partners to secure a deal.

The event:

The 39th session of the General Assembly of the International Civil Aviation Organisation is held in Montreal between 27 September and 7 October. The main topic on the agenda will be aviation decarbonisation.

EU Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc will head the delegation of the European Union.

The Spokesperson's service will be available throughout the event to provide with regular updates and background information.

The sources:

The Bratislava Declaration:


A European Strategy for low-emission mobility - 'Action at global level':


The ICAO draft resolution:



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