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EDITORIAL


Dear Readers,

Welcome to the third issue of the IRF (Geneva) Newsletter for 2018. The past two months have been really filled in with activities and you'll find a brief recap in this edition of the newsletter. We started off on a very sad note following the passing away of two leading figures and friends of the IRF Family: Tony Pearce, Former DG IRF Geneva and Manfred Swarovski, Former IRF (Geneva) Chairman and Chairman of the World Executive Committee of IRF.

Keeping in line with their spirit, vision and tenacity we have spent the month of May and June traveling the world meeting our members and partners, providing our input and expertise at key transport events in Europe, India, Australia and China. All this while shaping new training offers with partners around the world and working on the new edition of our World Road Statistics (WRS) which will be available to all by the end of the Summer. It's a thorough piece of work done by collecting data directly from primary sources (Ministries, National Statistical offices, etc.) through a network of key contacts built over the past 54 years and that makes the IRF WRS unique and the most comprehensive collection of data for our sector.

We are making these data available for the analysis being carried out in the framework of the SuM4All initiative (http://www.sum4all.org/) to help refine the global transport tracking framework and develop a global roadmap of action for the transport sector. Equally, IRF WRS data are supporting the research being carried out within the EU funded SaferAfrica project (http://www.saferafrica.eu/ ) that will ultimately contribute to the creation of the African Road Safety Observatory.

We believe in partnerships. Partnerships will be the key drivers of change in the future.

Good reading and a good summer break to all!

Susanna Zammataro
Director General

The IRF Family mourns the loss of Tony Pearce and Manfred Swarovski

The month of May was a sad month for the IRF Family. In the span of only few weeks, we had to announce the passing away of Anthony Pearce, former IRF Director General (Geneva) and also the loss of Manfred Swarovski, former Chairman of IRF in Geneva and also former Chairman of the Global Executive Committee of IRF.

The IRF Family is deeply thankful to both for their leading role in shaping our Federation. Our most sincere condolences to their families . Read More


IRF at WTC 2018 to support the organisation of The Belt & Road Transport Alliance

IRF (Geneva) was amongst the key stakeholders invited to attend the Belt & Road Transport Alliance (BRITA) preparatory meeting held in Beijing, China on 18 June. BRITA is a platform to enhance multi-level and wide-ranging cooperation between the countries along the Belt and Road. The meeting was held prior to the World Transport Convention 2018 hosted by CHTS and officially supported by IRF (Geneva) from 19-21 June. IRF (Geneva) has actively supported the shaping of BRITA and will be part of its Board of Directors. Read More


The IRF Board of Directors elects Anouar Benazzouz as Vice-President of IRF

Mr Anouar Benazzouz, Director General of Autoroute du Maroc (ADM) has been unanimously appointed Vice-President of IRF (Geneva) by the IRF Board of Directors. The Board of Directors met on 27 June - right before the General Assembly - to review advancement on the programme of work 2018 and discuss plans for the future. Mr Benazzouz has been actively involved in IRF since he joined ADM. Sustainable Mobility has been a distinctive feature of his action within ADM and also in his engagement with IRF. Under his leadership, two landmark conferences on sustainable mobility were hosted in fact in Morocco in 2016 during COP22 and in 2017. "There cannot be sustainable transport and mobility without sustainable infrastructure. While we think and create the mobility of the future, we need to ensure that we do not forget the basics: proper land-use planning, resources preservation and conservation of our invaluable natural patrimony" said Mr Benazzouz in commenting on his election.


RA – IRF Regional Conference discusses our connected and automated future

As industry and governments around the world continue to grapple with the challenges of vehicle automation, experts gathered in Sydney at the end of May to take stock of where we're at the global journey to a new era of mobility. From the US to Australia across Europe, India and Singapore, the experts present were unanimously in agreement that the enormity of the change that is coming behoves us all to work together to ensure the transition is as seamless as possible and delivers the most good for the global community.Read More


Public engagement and Mediterranean countries at the centre of IRF's interventions at ITF Summit

Transport Safety and Security was the theme of the ITF 2018 Summit which gathered in Leipzig, Germany end of May around 1400 decision-makers from more than 80 countries including more than three dozen ministers. IRF (Geneva) was invited to share its work and ideas on an ITF panel session on "Raising awareness" and on an official side event organised by the Union for the Mediterranean. The Summit provided also the opportunity for a meeting of Advisory Board of the FIA High Level Panel on Road Safety - of which IRF is an active member - and a meeting of the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) Consortium that marked the official appointment of IRF (Geneva) as Steering Committee Member. Read More


International Course on Road Safety Engineering and Audits in Tanzania

IRF (Geneva) together with the Tanzania Roads Association (TARA), Tanzania Transportation Technology Transfer (TanT2) Centre and TANROADS are pleased to join hands and to present the International Course on Road Safety Engineering and Audits which will take place at Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre, Dar es Salaam from 13 to 17 August 2018.

This 5-days course comprises a wide range of lectures, workshops and an intensive practical hands-on training delivered by experts of international reputation. A certification will be delivered to the participants attending the full course. Read More


Rural Roads For Development Course

The University of Birmingham, in association with the International Road Federation (Geneva) is pleased to offer this hands-on training course in the area of rural roads.

The course is a 5-day, intensive and practical residential programme delivered by experts of international repute. It is aimed at road sector professionals, road engineers, field engineers, planners, road maintenance managers who want to be exposed to cutting-edge established methodologies in rural transport for development. Read More


New Course on Safe Urban Street Design for Vulnerable Road Users

IRF (Geneva) together with Qatar Transportation & Traffic Safety Center and Qatar University are pleased to present the International Course on Safe Urban Street Design for Vulnerable Road User, to be held from 4 to 6 December 2018 in Doha – Qatar.

This course discusses the reasons Vulnerable Road Users are involved in impacts that result in fatalities and serious injuries, and the preventive and corrective actions - including education, enforcement and engineering measures - that can be put in place to prevent injury and fatalities.
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Advertising Opportunity in the New IRF World Road Statistics 2018

Published by the International Road Federation (IRF), the World Road Statistics (WRS) is the only universal source of strategic data on roads and inland transport. It is an invaluable reference tool for assessing worldwide trends and benchmarking performance over 205 countries.

Your advertising will be published in the New WRS 2018 Book, PDF, Excel, Leaflet and Website (www.worldroadstatistics.org). A free Excel file of the New WRS 2018 will be offered to all advertisers. Read More


Call for Papers for the 26th PIARC World Road Congress

The 26th PIARC World Road Congress will be hosted in Abu Dhabi on 6-10 October 2019. PIARC is calling for abstracts on the 41 selected topics for this edition of the World Meeting. Experts are invited to submit an abstract before the 15th September 2018. The Congress will have for theme "Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies" and is expecting to gather more than 1,200 international experts and leaders in the field of Transport. Read More


Supporting Road Safety Data Collection in EuroMed Region

Dr Cristian Gonzalez, Director IRF World Road Statistics, was in Athens on 8-10 May to share IRF's expertise in data collection at a three-day regional workshop organised by the EuroMed Transport Support Project. The event offered a unique opportunity to share national, European and international experiences and best practices with road safety data and allow a regional exchange on setting up a road map for the follow up actions. The Workshop hosted 40 experts, of which 25 from EuroMed Partner countries. Read More


New Governing Council of IRF – India Chapter:

At its meeting held in April 2018, General Body of IRF – IC elected the members of the new Governing Council and its new Office Bearers. Mr. G. Sharan, Former DG (RD) & SS, Govt. of India will head the new Governing Council as its Chairman. Mr. D. O. Tawade, Mr. S.K. Puri & Mr. Ashish Wig have been elected as Vice Presidents, Mr. Mahesh Kumar as Treasurer and Mr. S.K. Nirmal as the Secretary of IRF – IC.

The new Governing Council has since met and deliberated on ways of taking the mission of IRF – IC forward.





Forthcoming Seminar on "Environmental Protection and Safety during Construction"

IRF – IC is organizing a Seminar on the theme of "Environmental Protection and Safety during Construction" on 13th & 14th July 2018 at New Delhi. India's growing & vibrant Infrastructure programme has resulted in an impressive build-up of the sector, which is accelerating and has implications for the environment & safety during the construction period. This calls for a very systematic mission to take care of these aspects.

The Seminar sub-themes would cover Design for Safety, Environmental Protection of Construction Projects, Technology, Safety during Construction and Safety Issues & Risks.  


IRF steering the WGs of the National ITS Committee in India

Following the creation of a National Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) Committee by NITI Aayog in December 2018, three working groups have been created with the mission to formulate policy recommendations on education, legal aspects and innovation. IRF has entered into a Statement of Intent (SOI) with NITI Aayog, Govt. of India, to work towards a coherent national ITS policy and is accordingly now chairing the work of the three WGs. Eight pillars of priority action have now been identified and on-going pilots in the country are being reviewed. Read More

The Tanzania National Roads Agency (TANROADS) was established on 1st July, 2000 and has the mission to develop, maintain and manage the Trunk and Regional Roads Network efficiently and in a cost effective, safe and environmentally sustainable manner consistent with the Poverty Reduction Strategy and other Government policies through a competent and well motivated work force. The Agency is responsible for the management of 35,000 Km of roads made up of 12,786 Km of trunk roads and 22,214 Km of regional roads according to the Roads Act No. 13 of 2007 and subsequent reclassification up to June 2015.


Shenzhen YDM Reflector Co. Ltd is a Chinese solar road stud solutions company since 2001, headquartered in Shenzhen, which manufactures and supplies a range of high-quality products, services, and solutions with a focus on Road Safety. Solar road stud helps to warn pedestrian and driver behavior, making travel easy, efficient and safe.

YDM is dedicated to its strong spirit of innovation and creativity, as well as its high production capacity with the best raw materials, always working with a commitment of responsibility in the face of major challenges of quality and competitiveness. Products are sold in more than 40 countries, including desert area, cold area, rainy area, frog area, equator area, high latitude area.

1st Kathmandu Road Safety Film Festival

For the first time in Nepal will take place the Road Safety Film Festival in Kathmandu on the 2nd & 3rd July 2018. The NASA Foundation, IRF member, is pleased to organise this event.
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6th traditional activity "Road Safety" in Kosovo

This year, the College of Applied Technical Sciences "Tempulli" and Kosovo Association of Motorization "ARMKS" with the support from governmental institutions and other stakeholders who have mandate for road safety organized for the sixth time the Traditional Activity "Road Safety", which includes primary and secondary schools from various municipalities of Kosovo.

The implementation formula of this edition was the same as in the previous years: a theoretical and practical part. Read More




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International Course on Road Safety Engineering and Audits
13 - 17 August 2018 - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Rural Roads for Development Course
10 - 14 September 2018 - University of Birmingham, UK

Global Road Safety Forum 2018
24 – 25 September 2018 – Abu Dhabi, UAE

Sustainable Infrastructure for Sustainable Mobility
October 2018, Ivory Coast (TBC)

1st African Road Safety Forum
13 - 15 November 2018 ,Marrakesh, Morocco

IRF & UNECE ITS Summit
4 December 2018 – Geneva, Switzerland

International Course on Safe Urban Street Design for Vulnerable Road User
4 - 6 December 2018, Doha, Qatar

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