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09 October 2019
The Middle East in Focus: Transportation, Innovation, Disruption and Gulf Traffic

Gulf Traffic, an annual event that takes place from the 9 – 11 of December this year, will bring to light some of the latest technologies and systems from global suppliers to Dubai – the centre of business in the Middle East and North Africa.

We caught up with Rahul Rawat, Exhibition Director of Gulf Traffic to explore the growth of the industry, and how the international industry can benefit from the opportunities that the region provides.

01 October 2019
Future perspectives for Road Safety in Africa

The SaferAfrica project hosted its final conference in Tunis on 18th September to present and discuss results of three years of work and also to discuss future development opportunities for addressing effectively road safety in Africa. IRF DG, Susanna Zammataro animated the final roundtable bringing together key stakeholders engaged in the continent and internationally.

01 October 2019
Safer Road Infrastructure discussed at UK Ministerial Conference

The conference programme included keynote speeches from road safety experts and provided an opportunity for discussion and sharing of best practice around areas of common challenges in tackling road safety globally.

30 September 2019
IRF President meets key partners in Geneva

IRF President Mr Bill Halkias was in Geneva early September for a series of meetings. These included a meeting with Mr Jean Todt, President of FIA and UN Special Envoy for Road Safety and Mr Yuwei Li, Director Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

30 September 2019
China: Smart Transportation Technology and Practice

China Highway and Transportation Society and Zhejiang Communications Investment Group Co., Ltd (CICO) hosted on 31 August and 1 September the 1st International Symposium on Smart Transportation Technology and Practice. The audience of around 250 delegates, consisted of experts, researchers, operators, and academia in the field of smart highways and ITS. It was attended by representatives from China’s and Japan’s highway industry and investment agencies as well as officials from Zhejiang highway operators and transport sectors.

30 September 2019
IRF World Road Statistics 2019: Assessing the global road network, South Asian countries report highest road network density, whilst North Africa scores lowest as a region

Road Network data provided by the recently published IRF World Road Statistics 2019 reveals that South Asian countries report the highest road network density globally. Covering less than 4% of the global land area, South Asia retains almost 18% of the global road network, thus allowing it to record the highest regional road density of 1.41 km/km².

30 September 2019
Work Zone Safety Course in Doha certifies a new group of engineers

A new group of 25 engineers got certified at the end of the course on work zone safety which was co-organised by IRF and Qatar transportation and Traffic Safety Centre (QTTSC) last week in Doha and animated by Miguel Angel Serrano Santos. This is the first of a series of courses on road safety. The next one is scheduled for 19-21 November 2019 and will focus on Road Safety Management.

Attendees learned how to design a safe work zone and newest technologies for work zone safety. The use of positive protection from crash worthy barriers, truck mounted attenuators, dynamic, variable message signs, average speed camera enforcement and flagger training were among the topics discussed. Another important part of the Work Zones is the use of vertical signs and road markings, which was covered in depth during the course.

30 September 2019
IRF at the UN for Traffic Safety and Automated Driving

In September, the 79th Session of the Global Forum for Road Traffic Safety (17-20 September) and the 4th session of the Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (24-27 September) took place at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. IRF was present to participate in the discussions around the changes needed to amend the Convention on Road Traffic (1968) in order to allow the use of autonomous vehicles and to understand the role that the road infrastructure would have, once autonomous vehicles are legally allowed to drive on public roads.

03 July 2019
Movin’On by Michelin sets the stage for the Mobility of the Future

IRF was pleased to partner and lead some of the sessions of the 2019 edition of the Movin’On Summit, the world summit on sustainable mobility. The successful third edition hosted about 5,000 visionaries from 44 countries between June 4 and 6, 2019, in Montreal, Canada and discussed new and actionable solutions to move from ambition to action. Gathering over 150 partners, the Movin’On Summit strengthens its position as a catalyst and mobilizer for sustainable mobility.

03 July 2019
Belt & Road: IRF to lead the Green & Sustainable Transport Committee

IRF was pleased to support again this year the World Transport Convention (WTC) organised by China Highway & Transportation Society (CHTS) – am esteemed member or IRF - in Beijing on 13-16 June 13. WTC offered the background for the plenary session of The Belt & Road Transport Alliance (BRITA) during which IRF has signed agreement to lead the Green & Sustainable Development Committee.

03 July 2019
SuM4All discusses Global Road Map of Action and new priorities

Meeting in Leipzig in the margins of the ITF Summit, the Sustainable Mobility for All (SuM4All) Consortium tackled progress on the Global Road Map of Action, the first-ever attempt in the transport sector to provide structured guidance to achieve sustainable mobility, and to tailor programs of actions depending on country performance.

03 July 2019
A Private Sector Road Safety Coalition for Tanzania

The first meeting of the private sector road safety coalition for Tanzania led by Total and facilitated by IRF was hosted in Dar es Salaam in May. Attended by a highly-motivated and engaged group of private companies, the meeting mapped out priorities areas of intervention and defined a first set of actions to be implemented.

03 July 2019
IRF Foresight Sessions at PIARC World Congress

Abu Dhabi will be hosting the 26th World Road Congress of PIARC on 6-10 October 2019. IRF is organising one foresight session on road safety partnerships and another one on gender in transport together with World Bank and the International Transport Forum.

03 July 2019
World Road Statistics 2019 – Pre-Orders & Advertising Opportunities

The 56th edition of the annual World Road Statistics(WRS) will be released at the end of August 2019. Advertising & Sponsorship Opportunities together with WRS pre-orders at discounted rates are now available. Associate your company name with high quality data and obtain global exposure to peers, potential clients and business partners!

03 July 2019
IRF at the 70th UN Working Party on Transport Statistics

The International Road Federation was among the key stakeholders invited to attend the 70th UN Working Party on Transport Statistics, chaired by the United Nations Commission of Europe (UNECE), which took place at the UN Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, on 12-14June 2019. A key focus was to continue the discussion surrounding the development of a global indicator framework for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

03 June 2019
IRF General Assembly elects Bill M. Halkias as IRF President

Meeting in Costa Navarino (Greece) in the margins of the ASECAP Days, the General Assembly of the International Road Federation (IRF) has unanimously elected Mr Bill M. Halkias, PE, F.ASCE, F.ITE as new President of IRF. He takes over from Mr Kiran K. Kapila at the end of his third and final mandate as IRF Chairman.

27 May 2019
IRF hosts high-level debate on the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI) at ITF Summit 2019

H.E. Mehmet Cahit Turhan, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey, opened with a keynote address the session on "The Belt & Road: Bridging the gaps for sustainable transport and growth in EurAsia" organised by the International Road Federation (IRF) on 22nd May 2019 at the ITF Summit 2019 in Leipzig. The panel included top representatives from the World Bank, BSEC, AIIB, IATA, Michelin and PwC and offered a deep dive into key topics surrounding the BRI.

02 April 2019
IRF at the 13th Session of the Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships (CICPPP)

The International Road Federation (IRF Geneva) was pleased to participate in the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s (UNECE) 13th Session of the Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships (CICPPP) from 25th to 27th March 2019 in Palais des Nations, Geneva.

02 April 2019
LEARN Project: Building capacity on data in Tanzania and Senegal

LEARN is a joint initiative of the International Road Federation (Geneva) and the Global Alliance of NGOs for Road Safety made possible thanks to the support of the FIA Road Safety Grant Programme. The joint effort aims at enhancing the knowledge, skills and actions of a selected group of road safety professionals and stakeholders via hands-on trainings in two African countries: Tanzania and Senegal.

02 April 2019
IRF and ASECAP strengthen collaboration and sign an MoU in Brussels

The 12th ASECAP Annual Road Safety Conference organised at the European Parliament in Brussels on 18th March set the scene for the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding between the International Road Federation (Geneva, Switzerland) and the European Association of Operators of Toll Road Infrastructures (ASECAP) aiming at further strengthening the collaboration between the two organisations.

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