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ICAO Council Appoints Secretary General Salazar for Second Term


The governing council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), consisting of 36 states, has appointed Juan Carlos Salazar of Colombia for a second three-year term as Secretary-General. Since his appointment on August 1, 2021, the ICAO Secretariat has begun a comprehensive transformation of its activities and operations, marking a new era for this specialized agency of the United Nations.


“Marking the first phase of ICAO’s ambitious three-year transformation journey so much has been achieved in support of our people and culture, as well as digital and operational transformation,” Mr Salazar remarked. “I wish to acknowledge the valuable guidance and support received throughout my first term from the ICAO Assembly, Council and its President. I would like to also express my profound appreciation to all our Member States and aviation stakeholders, and, most of all, to my Secretariat colleagues. It is through our collective efforts that we have established a strong foundation for the future.”


“The ICAO Council is very pleased to support Mr Salazar as he continues his crucial work, ensuring that the Organization can help foster innovation across the aviation ecosystem at a time when air transport is facing unprecedented challenges,” noted ICAO Council President Salvatore Sciacchitano. “Transforming ICAO to allow the Organization to enhance its standardization, strategic policy, and capacity building activities is critical to assuring a sustainable, resilient, safe and secure future for the global aviation sector.”



Mr. Salazar is an expert in aviation law and policy with almost 30 years of experience in international negotiations related to air transport management and regulatory affairs. Before being appointed Secretary General, he served as the Director General of Civil Aviation of Colombia at Aerocivil, a complex civil aviation organization with over 3,100 employees. He has also held various executive and leadership positions in different regions of the world. Mr. Salazar holds master's degrees in public administration and air and space law. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French, and Arabic.

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