The two-day conference (18-19 February) is part of WFP's continuing efforts to promote aviation safety in the humanitarian aviation community.
Aviation safety is the number one priority for the whole global aviation community. Humanitarian air operations in particular are facing unique challenges as they strive to ensure safety and security while transporting aid workers to isolated areas for emergency relief operations.
The Abu Dhabi conference will cover the role of civil aviation authorities, the role of independent safety organizations, foreign registered aircraft operations, safety management systems and issues such as aircraft aging.
It will also look at the nature of humanitarian emergencies and the best ways of providing aviation services to the UN and WFP.
Present at the conference will be international aviation organizations including International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), Flight Safety Foundation and civil aviation authorities and international humanitarian organizations namely Red Cross (ICRC), MSF, MAF, ASF. 60 passenger and cargo air operators and brokers will also attend the conference.
Working on behalf of humanitarian agencies, WFP Aviation carried 361,000 passengers and 152,000 metric tons of cargo with 58 long term operations in 16 countries as well as 73 strategic airlift globally in 2008. WFP UNHAS has provided a common air service to the humanitarian community to carry aid workers and relief items to the most difficult places.