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ACVFFI endorses the Safier Skies Commitment Statement

Canadian Government established the Initiative Safer Skies as a result of the air disaster of Flight PS752.

Through the Safer Skies Initiative, Canada is working with international organizations, the civil aviation industry, and the International Civil Aviation Organization, to enhance the level of safety and security for commercial airlines travelling in higher risk areas and to prevent future tragedies.

After the First Safer Skies Forum, they issued a Commitment Statement endorsed by States and Industries. Since then, ACVFFI has been working to be one of International Organization which endorse it.

We believe deeply that this time, all civil aviation stakeholders together will achieve no more deaths for flying over conflict zones.
Recently the Association of Families of Flight PS752 Victims and the Dutch MH17 Flight Disaster Foundation became ACVFFI members, they lost their loved ones in shooting down airplanes when flying over conflict zones.

This link has the list of the States and Industries that endorsed the Commitment Statement:
https://tc.canada.ca/en/initiatives/safer-skies-initiative/safer-skies-commitment-statement
ACVFFI expects to participate in the next Safer Skies Forum as the unique international organization of air crash disaster victims.

The tragic loss of life resulting from the January 8, 2020 downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 dramatically highlights the need to improve international efforts to safeguard civilian flight operations in and around conflict zones. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), numerous States, and the aviation industry have made great strides following the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. However, there is more we can do to avoid further loss of life in civilian aircraft due to military actions and/or by non-State actors.

Recognizing that further decisive action to avoid such tragedies requires strengthened international cooperation, national procedures and air operators’ engagement, the undersigned endeavor to:

Improve the sharing of information, advice, warnings, and best practices, in order to properly identify and manage risks posed to civil aviation operating in or around conflict zones;

Develop domestic civil aviation authority-led requirements or for air operators who fly internationally to incorporate risk assessment and mitigation protocols related to conflict zones into their Safety and Security Management Systems;

Support requests from States whose territories suffer hostilities to address airspace management and civilian-military operations deconfliction;

Encourage enhanced collaboration among civil aviation authorities, air navigation service providers, and agencies responsible for national defense during emerging threat situations; and

Implement ICAO conflict zone and airspace management-related Standard and Recommended Practices and, where possible, provide advice to other States to address any implementation challenges.

We, the undersigned, have decided to work towards implementation of the action items outlined above. To this end, the annual Safer Skies Forums will serve as the founding international platform to advance the actions set forth in this Statement.

Together, let’s make our skies safer.

Signed December 8, 2020 Ottawa, Canada

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