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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.

08 April 2010
IRF at Intertraffic 2010

This year, Intertraffic, the world's leading trade fair in the field of infrastructure, ITS traffic management, safety and parking, celebrated its 20th anniversary with its biggest ever show. Held in Amsterdam from 22-26 March, the event brought together over 800 exhibitors, from more than 40 countries, to showcase the latest industry trends and developments. Virtually the entire top 50 global concerns were in attendance.  Intertraffic 2010 also offered an even wider range of theme categories. In addition to its regular segments, the scope of the event was expanded to include two new sections, environment and cooperative systems.

06 April 2010
Keynote presence of IRF at China National Forum

The 5th China National Forum on Innovative Highway Technology was convened in Beijing from 7-9 April. Organised by the China Highway and Transportation Society (CHTS) - a member of IRF - the theme for this year's forum was "Technical Innovation and Scientific Development on Roads".

01 April 2010
BSEC Working Group on Transport meets in Istanbul

A meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Working Group on Transport took place on 24 March in Istanbul. It was attended by representatives from the Member States of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. The Czech Republic and the Islamic Republic of Iran attended as observers. A number of BSEC sectoral dialogue partners also participated, including the Black and Azov Seas Ports Association (BASPA), the Black Sea International Shipowners’ Association (BINSA), the Black Sea Region Association of Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers (BRASS), and the Union of Road Transport Associations in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Area (BSEC-URTA). IRF and IRU were present as international partner organisations.

17 March 2010
IRF PPP Working Group meets in Geneva

Under the chairmanship of Michel Démarre, of the French National Federation of Public Works (FNTP), the IRF Working Group on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) met recently in Geneva to review progress and latest developments. The main current task of the Working Group is to publish a booklet on PPPs for Urban Road Networks. This booklet will essentially be based on a series of case studies, including assessments with respect to each and overall findings.

16 March 2010
The Inland Transport Committee holds its 72nd session in Geneva

On 23-25 February 2010, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe held the annual session of its Inland Transport Committee (ITC). The ITC is the highest political body of the UNECE in the field of transport and this year's session brought together high-level officials from the 56 UNECE member States, as well as representatives of 8 intergovernmental organisations and 8 NGOs, including IRF.

24 February 2010
IRF calls for greater focus on transport and climate change

At the Copenhagen climate change convention (COP 15) in December, the IRF (International Roads Federation) will join other transport stakeholders and advocacy groups to ask for transport to be given greater consideration.

At present, transport falls under "energy" in terms of the Kyoto Protocol, the subject of discussions at the Copenhagen convention, but IRF is calling for the transport sector should be regarded as a case on its own.

19 February 2010
TRB annual meeting addresses

The 89th annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRF), held in Washington from 10-14 January, attracted upwards of 10.000 transportation professionals from around the world. Almost 600 sessions, organised around the central theme of "Investing in Our Transportation Future – BOLD Ideas to Meet BIG Challenges", provided policy-makers, practitioners, researchers and government representatives with the very latest insights and research findings on all transportation modes.

17 February 2010
IRF Brain-Storming Meeting

IRF, as your association, has embarked on a thorough and extensive analysis of its present status, together with a comprehensive review of future trends and opportunities, aimed at evolving a common road map and strategic plan for the future. A first meeting, to which all members were cordially invited in order to kick start this process, was held on Monday, 15 February 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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