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17 December 2010
Australian Infrastructure Trade Mission to meet with IRF

A trade mission composed of road sector industry leaders met with IRF Geneva Chairman, K. K. Kapila, and IRF Geneva Director General, Sibylle Rupprecht, in Delhi to discuss infrastructure opportunities in India.

17 December 2010
Summit Meeting of the IRF

Last week the IRF Geneva chairman, Kiran K. Kapila, and the IRF Washington chairman,Brian Harris, met in Geneva to discuss the way forward for the International Road Federation.

16 December 2010
IRF presenting at key road summit in Poland

Upon invitation by the Institute for International Research, IRF Geneva’s PPP expert Caroline Visser spoke at a key road event, the Polish Road Infrastructure summit 2010, held in Poland’s capital of Warsaw on 29 and 30 November.

16 December 2010
IRF participates as stakeholder during EasyWay Annual Forum 2010

EasyWay is a project driven by national road authorities and operators, coming from the 27 EU member states, for Europe-wide ITS deployment on the Trans European Road Network. IRF’s Caroline Visser was invited to take part in the stakeholder session during the EasyWay Annual Forum 2010, which was held from 16 till 18 November in Lisbon, Portugal.

16 December 2010
Road Infrastructure Safety Forum: New Challenges Ahead

IRF Road Safety Programmes Manager Maria Novikov attended the Road Infrastructure Safety Forum organised by the European Union Road Federation (ERF) in Brussels on 14 December 2010. 

16 December 2010
IRF holds its 5th IRF Regional Conference on Road Safety

IRF India chapter held its 5th Regional Conference on Road Safety from 25-26 November 2010 in New Delhi, India.

16 December 2010
IRF Geneva Directors meet in New Delhi, India

The first meeting of the Board of Directors of IRF Geneva under its new chairman, K. K. Kapila, was held in New Delhi, the home city of its chairman. The directors, coming from many parts of the world, had long and lively discussions on important strategic issues. IRF Geneva has initiated many actions and changes in 2010 which will reflect positively on its members.

16 November 2010
UN Road Safety Collaboration prepares for Decade of Action

The period 2011-2020 was proclaimed Decade of Action for Road Safety by the UN General Assembly in March 2010. Pursuant to this, the UN Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) has elaborated a brief document aiming to guide governments in planning their activities to implement the Decade of Action nationally by addressing 5 pillars: management, road infrastructure, vehicle design, road users and post-crash care.

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.

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