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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.

08 September 2010
Climate Change Impacts on International Transport Networks

IRF was represented by Sibylle Rupprecht and Susanna Zammataro at the UN workshop Climate Change Impacts on International Transport Networks, held in Geneva on 8 September 2010.

19 August 2010
IRF Geneva Chairman visits China

On 15 August, the Chairman of IRF Geneva, Mr. K. K. Kapila, met in Beijing with Mr. Li Juchang, President of the China Highway & Transportation Society (CHTS), an IRF member. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Liu Wenjie, Secretary General of CHTS, Mr. Ju Rongyun, Deputy Secretary General of CHTS, Mr. Lin Sheng, Director of the Consulting Department, Ms. Wang Danqing, Director of the International Department, and Ms. Nina Guan, Assistant Director of the International Department.

09 July 2010
Video Interview of Susanna Zammataro for Polish TV in Intertraffic 2010

The video is published online in 2 parts and can be viewed at these 2 links:

07 June 2010
IRF Prominently Represented at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum

From 30th May to 2nd June, Bill Vincent attended the Michelin Challenge Bibendum in Rio de Janeiro on behalf of IRF. Specifically, he was invited to participate in Round Table 4, which was designed to explore how Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) can improve urban congestion and mobility.

01 June 2010
General Assembly nominates Samir Allam as IRF High Representative

At the recently convened IRF Geneva General Assembly in Lisbon, Samir Allam was unanimously elected to the function of High Representative.

Samir Allam has been prominently associated with IRF for almost three decades. His extensive experience and exemplary engagement single him out as an ideal candidate to serve as High Representative. In this key responsibility, he will notably represent the IRF in its dealings with United Nations Agencies and supra-governmental institutions, where his renown and longstanding diplomatic background will be invaluable.

31 May 2010
International Transport Forum 2010 meets in Leipzig around the theme Transport & Innovation

794 delegates from 52 countries gathered in Leipzig from 26 to 28 May 2010 to look into the challenges and opportunities for deploying the power and potential of innovation to improve the transport sector. The plenary sessions featured a number of prominent speakers, including Bertrand Piccard, Horst Köhler, Ian Goldin and Amar Bhidé, who inspired the audience with their enthusiasm and vision.

31 May 2010
IRF participates in Second African Forum for Dialogue

The second annual African Forum for Dialogue was held in Geneva on 25th May 2010. This year's theme was "Peace and Security For Sustainable Development in Africa." The event was scheduled by the African Union to coincide with the celebration of Africa Day, and was convened only a few weeks before the opening of the 19th FIFA World Cup, hosted in Africa for the first time in history. In this respect, the choice of theme particularly highlighted the African Union's resolve to fulfil the African vision of peaceful co-existence, integration, prosperity and pro-activeness on the global scene.

31 May 2010
IRF participates in Second African Forum for Dialogue

The second annual African Forum for Dialogue was held in Geneva on 25th May 2010.  This year's theme was "Peace and Security For Sustainable Development in Africa."  The event was scheduled by the African Union to coincide with the celebration of Africa Day, and was convened only a few weeks before the opening of the 19th FIFA World Cup, hosted in Africa for the first time in history. In this respect, the choice of theme particularly highlighted the African Union's resolve to fulfil the African vision of peaceful co-existence, integration, prosperity and pro-activeness on the global scene. 

26 May 2010
IRF Geneva Elects New Chairman: Kiran Kapila - a Man with Global Vision and a Global Mission

Lisbon, 25th May, 2010: As the world\'s foremost road experts and industry leaders began to gather in Lisbon for the 16th IRF World Meeting, the Federation\'s Geneva Programme Centre proceeded with the election of a new Chairman to guide the organisation into the next decade.

24 May 2010
IRF receives delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Transport and Communications

On Friday 21st May, IRF had the privilege of welcoming a distinguished delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Transport and Communications.

14 May 2010
Adriatic Region Infrastructure and Finance Summit

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, was the venue for the IRF supported Adriatic Region Infrastructure Investment & Finance Summit 2010, which was organised on 11-12 May 2010 on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

22 April 2010
Unprecedented success for 2010 Senior Road Executive Programme

Together with the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Birmingham (UK), IRF hosted a highly successful Senior Road Executive Programme from 12-24 April, 2010. This important international seminar gave participants a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and experience, as well as enhance their technical, managerial and policy-making skills. In this respect, the course was designed to equip them with a solid grounding from which to implement improved road management and financing techniques, once back in their own countries.

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