The day had been celebrated by the International Civil Aviation Organization 9 (ICAO) since 7 December 1994.
In 1996 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed that 7 December was to be the International Civil Aviation Day.
The purpose of the global celebration is to generate and reinforce worldwide awareness of the importance of international civil aviation in the social and economic development of States, and of the role of ICAO in promoting the safety, efficiency and regularity of international air transport.
ICAO, with support from governments, organizations, businesses and individuals, actively promotes International Civil Aviation Day through various activities and events. This day is celebrated globally, through various activities such as seminars, published material, educational lectures, classroom activities, and news announcements on international civil aviation topics related to the day.