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Dear [fname],
We are pleased to present the latest edition of the IRF Newsletter. The past few months have been particularly fruitful for IRF Geneva. The exciting developments of the past months include:
  • The IRF Family came together in the beautiful city of Paris, at the historic location of Maison de la Chimie next to the Assemblée Nationale, to conduct its statutory meetings. During this meeting, the IRF Membership decided on the date and location of the 18th IRF World Meeting.
  • IRF, together with the FIA, held a high-level seminar in Paris on Road Safety, Sustainable Development and Financing. Contributors to the seminar included, among others, the President and Secretary General of the FIA, the Secretary General of ITF, and the Chairman of iRAP.
  • Fleet Forum and IRF have signed a three year agreement to collaborate on conducting fleet management training courses. The courses focus on improving road safety, cost effectiveness, and environmental performance of fleets by providing fleet managers with state-of-the-art tools and knowledge.
  • IRF has strengthened and expanded the collaboration with the University of Birmingham. This expanded collaboration will cover, in addition to the annual Senior Road Executives Course (23 June-5 July), three new courses on: road safety, rural roads and road management.
  • Our IRF Committees on ITS, Safety, Environment and Financing are gearing up for an exciting second part of the year with an ambitious work programme which will see new publications released and initiatives launched.
You will be able to read more about these achievements and other on-going initiatives in this edition of the newsletter.

We look forward to meeting you soon again. Check the new section “Where to find us” and see who you can meet when and where!

With kind regards
Your IRF Team



IRF and FIA Seminar in Paris energises discussion on safe and sustainable roads

IRF and the Fédération Internationale Automobile (FIA) jointly organized a seminar on Road Safety, Sustainable Development and Financing on Thursday 17 April, one week after the UN adopted its latest resolution on “Improving global road safety”. The seminar was hosted by FIA at their headquarters in Paris and brought together a distinguished panel of international speakers.



IRF General Assembly & Board of Directors meet in Paris and firm up venue and dates of the next IRF World Meeting

The IRF held its annual Statutory Meetings in Paris on 16th April 2014. Besides reviewing activities and plan for the year to come, the gathering provided an opportunity to firm up the venue and dates of the next IRF World Meeting. This major event will be held at New Delhi, the capital of India on 14-17 November 2017.



In New York for UNRSC meeting and debate on new UN Road Safety Resolution

The Road Safety community met in New York on 10th April for the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) group meeting and the debate in the UN General Assembly on a new Road Safety Resolution. The International Road Federation was represented by Susanna Zammataro who serves, within UNRSC, as co-chair of the project group dedicated to Safer Roads and Mobility.



Key Performance Indicators for ITS policy red thread during meeting of the IRF Policy Committee on ITS

In conjunction with the IRF Statutory meetings, the IRF Policy Committee on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) met in Paris on Wednesday 16 April. The agenda of the meeting featured an update on current ITS deployment and policy issues in the host country, France.



The IRF Environment Committee calls for new case studies

Released in Geneva on 11 December, in the framework of the IRF Summit “Bringing Policy and Practice Together”, the publication “Moving Towards Green Road Infrastructure: Case Studies and Lessons Learned” marked the fulfillment of the goal the IRF Environment Committee had set for itself in terms of tools to be developed to elucidate the stand of the Federation and its members, when it comes to roads and environment. The IRF Environment Committee now calls for new case studies to be added to the publication.



IRF Road Safety Group of Experts reviews implementation of 2014 Action Plan

The meeting of the IRF Group of Experts on Road Safety took place in Paris on 16 April in conjunction with the IRF Statutory Meetings and IRF-FIA Seminar Road Safety, Sustainable Development and Financing. The main objective of the meeting was to bring together members to review progress in implementing the 2014 Action Plan and discuss new initiatives for 2014.



New chairman of the IRF Road Financing Committee takes up the call for sustainable funding for roads

The IRF Statutory meetings in Paris on 16th of April provided the occasion for the IRF Road Financing & Economics Committee to hold its 6th working meeting. IRF Chairman Mr Kiran Kapila introduced Mr Joseph Haule, Roads Fund Manager from Tanzania, as the new committee chair. Mr Haule takes over the role from Mrs Vilrid Femoen, who has left the Norwegian Road Federation to join the Norwegian Public Roads Administration in April 2014.



IRF @ the International Transport Forum Statistics Meeting

Organized by the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD in Paris on 10-11 April 2014, the meeting aimed at debating a series of issues related to transport statistics and how to develop a more consistent and efficient international framework in this field, by promoting exchange between experts from different countries and organizations. IRF Geneva was represented by its statistics & data specialist, Cristian Gonzalez, who was invited to discuss the quality and coverage of inland transport statistics.



Decade of Action Policy & Donor Forum: IRF Chairman calls for greater collaboration amongst organizations involved in Road Safety

Hosted in Melbourne, the Decade of Action Policy & Donor Forum 2014, provided an excellent opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety and to assess progress. IRF Chairman, Mr Kiran K. Kapila was invited to address this distinguished audience of Road Safety champions.


A warm welcome to our new members

We are delighted to extend a warm welcome to the following new members:

News from IRF Members

Decreasing accidents on rural roads: a worldwide plan for accident reduction
We invite you to get to know more about road safety in the interesting country of Colombia. With its beautiful Caribbean national parks, the region is not only committed to protecting its immense biodiversity but also to offering its drivers the highest road safety standards available worldwide. It is a pleasure for the DEGAROUTE© team to be part of this initiative and welcome you to travel with us to a sunny, fun and safe Colombian route. Learn more here or contact Marisa Cruz marisa.cruz@evonik.com

Only 28 weeks to go before the 12th edition of the Michelin Challenge Bibendum!
For more than 15 years, the Michelin Challenge Bibendum has been focused on sustainable road mobility. Building the future today is one of the main priorities of the next Challenge which will take place in Chengdu, China on 11-16 November 2014. Learn more here


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