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16 November 2010
Ensuring Road Infrastructure meets the Challenge of the Decade of Action

Since its establishment in 1948 road safety has been at the centre of IRF activities. Recognising the importance of the role infrastructure has to play in road safety, IRF has strongly advocated the principle of the ‘forgiving road’ and thus contributed to this aspect being addressed in the major road transport international legal instruments, policies and standards developed over the past 60 years.

16 November 2010
Bucharest: IRF launch of the Decade of Action

Bucharest was especially chosen by IRF as a perfect gateway between the East and West of Europe to set scene for its Regional Symposium: Providing Infrastructure that Improves Road Safety. The Symposium will take place on 10-11 May 2011, enabling IRF and its members to launch the Decade of Action for Road Safety in this beautiful city.

16 November 2010
Road Safety in Russia

IRF Road Safety Programmes Manager Maria Novikov recently attended the 3rd International Congress “Road Safety for the Safety of Life” on 29 October 2010 in St. Petersburg, Russian Federation.

16 November 2010
Senior Road Executives Programme™ 2010

A Road Safety module was run between 19 and 21 April 2010 as part of the above programme of the University of Birmingham (UoB) in the UK which is heavily supported by the International Road Federation.  It was regarded as an important component of the SREP attracting 40 participants despite the problems created by the Icelandic volcano.

15 November 2010
3rd International Congress “Safety on the Roads for the Safety of Life” in St. Petersburg

A major road safety event took place last month at the headquarters of the Council of the Interparliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS) in St. Petersburg. Over 1000 delegates, mostly high officials of Russian central and federal agencies involved in road traffic and transport issues, parliamentarians, transport union and association representatives, gathered in the beautiful Tauride Palace on 29 October 2010 to address the required changes in the legislation that would foster an effective road safety policy and exchange experience in the implementation of successful initiatives for improving road safety.

12 November 2010
World Statistics Day 2010 in Geneva

20.10. 2010 marked the first ever World Statistics Day, the day paid tribute to statisticians’ outstanding work in producing and disseminating the necessary data to respond to new challenges and to measure progress in people’s lives. Statistics are a daily part of national and international life and policy-making, but never before had the international community officially paid tribute to Official Statistics through dedicating them an international day. Over 100 countries and territories and 40 international agencies marked the Day with special events and activities.

12 November 2010
5th China Asphalt Summit, Shanghai, 21-22 October 2010

Some 110 delegates gathered at the 5th China Asphalt Summit, held in Shanghai on 21-22 October 2010.

IRF once again officially supported this event. In her welcome speech, Sibylle Rupprecht underlined the importance of the asphalt market in China.

12 November 2010
IRF addressing the NEPAD Transport Summit in South Africa

Key actions for the development of Africa's transport infrastructure, as a major factor in the continent's economic growth, were identified and discussed at the second annual NEPAD* Transport and Infrastructure Summit 2010 held in Johannesburg on 13-15 October 2010.

12 November 2010
IRF leading the way to sustainable rural road transport

Jointly organised by IRF and the China Highway and Transportation Society (CHTS), together with the Shandong Provincial Transportation Department, the landmark 2ndInternational Convention on Rural Roads, hosted in the beautiful city of Jinan, China, marked a major step forward in global efforts to mobilise resources and knowledge for the development of sustainable rural road transport.

11 November 2010
Global ITS policy updates at Committee meeting in Republic of Korea

IRF took the opportunity of the 17th ITS World Congress, held from 25-29 October in the Republic of Korea, to convey an information meeting of the IRF Policy Committee on ITS. Several high level officials of national ITS associations, as well as some national transport authorities were present to exchange the latest developments in ITS strategies and policies. 

11 November 2010
IRF well represented at 17th ITS World Congress in Republic of Korea

From 25 till 29 October the 17th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) took place in the Republic of Korea’s second largest city of Busan. The congress’ theme was “Ubiquitous Society with ITS”, referring to seamless, transparent and reliable services helping to make transport greener and smarter. IRF was well represented at the congress with an exhibition stand, representation from the three regional offices and a meeting of the IRF Policy Committee on ITS (reported on separately). 

12 October 2010
New edition of the Senior Road Executive Programme 2011

The 16th Senior Road Executives Programme held at the University of Birmingham (UK), from 4th to 16th April, 2011, promises to be the most informative ever.

Around 30 highly respected and experienced experts and authorities from around the world will speak on a variety of the most pressing and pertinent issues facing the road sector today.

12 October 2010
IRF in South Africa - Live from the field

Under the theme "Preserving African Roads", the 4th edition of the IRF/SARF regional conference has opened up in Cape Town on 11th October 2010.

With more than 250 delegates from 22 countries, this year's conference marked another successful collaboration between the South African Road Federation and the IRF.

11 October 2010
IRF Policy Committee on ITS: International cooperation essential

On 6 & 7 October the Institute for Transport Studies of the University of Leeds hosted the fall meeting of the IRF policy Committee on ITS. The two-day meeting programme was packed with a high variety of presentations and working sessions and had a very informative and dense character.

11 October 2010
New IRF Geneva appoints new Road Finance Counsellor

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Henry Kerali, Sector Manager Transport Sustainable Development Department (ECSSD) for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank, will be the new IRF Road Finance Counsellor. He is succeeding Mr. Ian Heggie, former World Bank adviser who has over the many years done a tremendous job in helping the IRF address road finance questions.

08 October 2010
12th meeting of the UN Road Safety Collaboration

Some 70 participants representing the major stakeholders involved in road safety of the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) met in the Executive Board Room of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva on 5-6 October 2010. IRF was represented by Sibylle Rupprecht and Maria Novikov.

01 October 2010
Workforce gap set to widen

New analysis has sounded a warning for the road industry about the likely extent of the gap between the supply of, and demand for, professional skills over the coming decade. The broad findings of Austroads’ 2009 Roads Workforce Analysis were presented at this week’s Roads Australia Capacity Chapter workshop in Melbourne.

10 September 2010
IRF to set up new body addressing Road Finance & Economics

IRF is inviting you to get actively involved in a new committee addressing the wider theme of Road Finance an Economics.

The current IRF working group on Public-private partnerships has been in place since 2006 and has actively promoted the PPP-concept at numerous occasions and with a dedicated publication. Current working group chairman Michel Démarre of FNTP, France, has announced his resignation for the end of the year 2010. IRF feels the time is right for a re-orientation of the group and would like to solicit you as IRF member on this topic.

08 September 2010
CHANGER, the IRF Greenhouse gas Calculator, presented to the European Commission

Sibylle Rupprecht and Susanna Zammataro were invited by the European Commission to present CHANGER, the IRF Greenhouse gas Calculator. The presentation met with a lot of interest and discussions exploring opportunities to contribute with CHANGER in the definition of a methodology for the internalisation of external transport costs, especially in view of the Marco Polo project.

08 September 2010
ITS Policy Committee fosters relationships in Brussels

Sibylle Rupprecht and Susanna Zammataro met with Herman Meyer, the Chief Executive Officer of Ertico. It was a pleasure to introduce the IRF and especially the ITS Policy Committee to Mr. Meyer. He in return made a detailed presentation about Ertico and its work. In particular, he pointed out the work done by Ertico regarding the integration of the ITS theme into Road Safety Audit courses. This positive meeting will help both parties to work closer together on identified issues of common interest.

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