International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations that coordinates the principles and techniques of international air navigation, and fosters the planning and development of international air transport to achieve the sustainable growth of the global civil aviation system.

The official mission of the ICAO is to serve as the global forum of states for international civil aviation. ICAO develops policies and standards, undertakes compliance audits, performs studies and analyses, provides assistance and builds aviation capacity through many other activities and the cooperation of its Member States and stakeholders.

Agenda: Modernisation of Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation (1947)

Honorable delegates!

 

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you to C-MIMUN 2023 as the President of the International Civil Aviation Organization. My name is Olesya Sapozhnikova and I am a senior student at the Institute of International Trade and Sustainable Development of MGIMO University.

 

As you may already know, the 1947 Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation is a key international document in the field of aviation as well as the constitutional document of the ICAO. Although proven to be efficient, it still needs to be corrected and adapted to our constantly changing reality.

 

What makes our agenda extremely relevant and important? Since 1947, several new major factors — for instance, various new threats to aviation security or changes in the role of States’ sovereignty — have emerged. Their impact has been dramatically rising, and if not covered by the Convention, they are certain to undermine international cooperation in the field of civil aviation. In order to prevent this, the sessions of our Committee will provide you with a perfect platform to discuss the existing problems with the Convention and find the ways of solving them.

 

I wish you memorable debates, inspiration for fresh ideas and fruitful work! I am looking forward to meeting you at the sessions of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

 

Yours sincerely,

ICAO President

Olesya Sapozhnikova

Honorable delegates,

 

It is my honour to welcome you to our beloved University to mark the 2023 Churkin Moscow International Model United Nations. Those who have, in previous years, already had the chance to participate in this grand event, will already acknowledge its distinctive and gripping spirit, which will linger in the hearts and minds of all involved. I must say myself, that I am somewhat envy of the new delegates, who will present themselves for the first time on the sidelines of C-MIMUN, for entirely new vistas in the field of international cooperation and collaboration will be opened up before them.

 

In the post of the ICAO Vice-President, I will do my utmost to show my best attributes and ensure the smooth running of this vital  specialised agency tasked with creating regulations for aviation safety, security, efficiency and environmental protection and I, and as I imagine many of my colleagues also, am simply taken back by the essential and long overdue task of modifying the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation has fallen upon us. Something which is regarded as the bedrock of world aviation. It is expected that maximum concentration and good diplomatic skills are maintained by all parties and members of the ICAO in order to tackle the challenging agenda and adopt a meaningful resolution. 

 

I would like to wish all delegates good luck in the forthcoming seminal work and debates. I also hope that the final results will help to build long lasting social bridges which will be of benefit to all ICAO participants.

 

Sincerely, 

ICAO Vice-President,

Mikhail Kilmet

Honourable delegates,

 

We are pleased to welcome you to our committee ICAO at the C-MIMUN 2023! I am Aisha Shakhdzhakhan and I am studying International Law in People’s Friendship University of Russia. 

The Chicago Convention was adopted 75 years ago, and a lot has changed since then. The world has survived the pandemic, several dozen local conflicts, and the 21st century has become the century of the fight against international terrorism. All these challenges required strengthening aviation security and modernising aircraft.

Why are we focusing on modernising the Chicago Convention? The answer is simple. Not a single sphere of life stands still, including civil aviation, and our convention also needs to be corrected and improved as the time requires, otherwise it will not be of any use.

On behalf of the International Civil Aviation Organisation  and on my own behalf, I wish the delegates productive work, new useful contacts and broadening their horizons. We are looking forward to seeing you at ICAO!

Sincerely yours, 

ICAO Expert,

Aisha Shakhdzhakhan

Writing a good essay is the key for being selected to any committee and especially to ours. The work represents a short analysis of the Report of the Expert and all the documentation mentioned in it which you are to examine in order not only to send an application but also to pass an interview. There are some criteria to write a good essay that will be accepted by the Expert:

Structure

  • Your work should count 300 (+/- 10) words on the average. 
  • Your work should be divided into 3 parts: the introduction (describes the agenda in general), the main body (show your knowledge of the Expert Report) and the conclusion (summarize your own ideas). 
  • Your work should be written in an official style and be informative.

Content

  • Your essay should represent your own opinion on the issue, not the position of a particular country.
  • You should carefully examine the Report of the Expert in order to write the essay in accordance with the agenda.
  • You ought to cover the following aspects: current situation, measures taken under the auspices of the UN and others, the documents mentioned in the Report of the Expert, your own ideas to resolve the problem. 
  • You should back up your opinion with the facts and address only to the official sources.
  • Try to explain and to give examples to every one of your outlined ideas.
  • Reference must be made to the documents used in the course of the work.

Avoid plagiarism!

Honorable delegates,

After writing an essay accepted by the Expert, and passing an interview, you will be distributed a country or an organization from the list of observers for its presentation at the Churkin Moscow International Model United Nations 2023. The next stage of pre-model work is writing a Position Paper which represents a relatively short speech in which delegates are to state their representative’s position on the agenda and suggest solutions that fall in line with their national stance. If you want to add some of your own ideas to the position of a represented state/organization, they can’t contradict their official course, statements of the officials and the UN Charter, for sure.

Your Position Paper should be clear, well-structured and informative. The volume of your report remains at your discretion, though in general it varies from 1 to 2 sheets A4 (Times New Roman, 14 font). 

Please remember the time limit for speaking that will be set up during the conference.

P.s. This concerns only the document that you are going to send to the Expert. You can prepare any amount of written text to use during the work at the conference, but in the Position Paper you need only to clarify your state’s/organization’s view of the agenda. 

Writing a Position Paper will help you examine the agenda deeper, understand better the views of the country/organization distributed to you and prepare yourself for the upcoming session. For those of you who take part in the MUN for the first time, this might seem a bit intimidating, but it’s extremely important for fruitful work during the conference.

According to our committee’s agenda, we advise you to research and present the following aspects in your Position Paper:

  • Some information on the economy and global role of the state
  • Measures taken/suggested by a national government/organization in the field of aviation in order to support the industry and fight global challenges like COVID-19, local wars etc.
  • The information about national air companies, airports and membership in the International Organizations mentioned in the Report of the Expert.
  • General information on the country’s political course, cooperation with other political actors in the field of aviation.
  • A list of theses to include in the Resolution suggested by your delegation (your prepositions for the International Community). 

For the delegates representing observers it may be useful to research:

  • The history of the represented Organization, its credentials and competence.
  • The mechanisms of interaction with its members.

ATTENTION! You should not retell the content of the Expert’s Report and consult Wikipedia as a reliable source!

To prepare yourself better, you can use the following sources:

  • The speeches of the officials of the state/organization.
  • The Convention on International Civil Aviation (the Chicago Convention)
  • Council Aviation Recovery Taskforce (CART)
  • ICAO website
  • The sources used in the Report of the Expert
  • The websites of national ministries.
  • Dag Hammarskjöld Library 

Feel free to address different UN bodies!

We hope this information will be useful for you during preparation for the conference. We wish you interesting work! See you in the fields of the C-MIMUN 2023!

 List of countries:Representative:
1Argentina
2Australia
3Austria
4Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
5Brazil
6Canada
7Chile
8China
9Egypt
10El Salvador
11Equatorial Guinea
12Ethiopia
13France
14GermanyFelix Belkin
15Ghana
16Iceland
17India
18ItalyPresident
19Jamaica
20Japan
21Malaysia
22Mauritania
23Mexico
24Nigeria
25Qatar
26Republic of Korea
27Romania
28Saudi Arabia
29Singapore
30South Africa
31Spain
32United Arab Emirates
33United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
34United States of America
35Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of
36Zimbabwe
Observers
1International Air Transport Association (IATA)
2International Coalition for Sustainable Aviation (ICSA)
3International Law Commission (ILC)
4Russian Federation