A joint initiative of IRF India with Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Govt. of India has been launched as National Campaign for "Reduction Of Road Fatalities" on 23 September 2009. Here are some slogans on road safety which are being issued in some 130 leading newspapers daily and in different languages around India.
Maria Novikov represented IRF at the third meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Steering Committee for the Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway (BSRH). The meeting took place at the BSEC Headquarters in Istanbul on 8-9 December 2009. IRF member Egnatia Odos S.A., a Greek road infrastructure operator, holds the Joint Permanent Secretariat of the Highway project. The project aims at providing a high quality highway around the Black Sea that runs continuously across the borders of BSEC Member States.
A key Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 16th December 2009 by Sibylle Rupprecht, Director General of the International Road Federation, and Professor Michael Sheppard, Vice-Principal of the University of Birmingham.
By concluding this MoU, IRF and the University of Birmingham officially recognise their joint will and shared commitment to a mutually beneficial, co-operative relationship aimed at promoting teaching, research and other collaborative activity, in accordance with the following main aims and principles:
The City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality in South Africa has won the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for their innovation and achievement in improving road safety through their guideline document for the development of road safety master plans. The award was handed to officials of the Division at the annual luncheon held in London on 8 December 2009. Prince Michael of Kent is the patron of the RoadSafe Organisation, who recognises exceptional achievements and innovation in road safety internationally.
16 December 2009
Congratulations Hildon Vorster
The International Road Federation would like to extend its sincere congratulation to Mr. Hilton Vorster, in winning the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award for the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality in London on 8 December 2009. Prince Michael of Kent is the patron of the RoadSafe organisation, who recognises exceptional achievements and innovation in road safety internationally.
IRF was represented at the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety by Ms. Nathalie Pereira, the Road Safety Programme Manager, and Mr. Hilton Vorster, the Chairman of the IRF Safer Roads Working Group (SRWG). They were accompanied by a delegation composed of some of the Working Group's members.
This high-level meeting was attended by Ministers responsible for road safety from more than 70 countries, as well as leaders from international, regional, governmental and non-governmental organisations representing more than 140 countries.
01 December 2009
IRF Policy Committee on ITS meets in Moscow
The IRF Policy Committee on ITS held its latest meeting in Moscow on 20th November, 2009. The meeting was hosted by Leonid Kozlov of the International Congress of Industrialists & Entrepreneurs (ICIE), Russia.
The meeting was programmed to coincide with the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, as well as celebrations to mark the 200th anniversary of the Russian Ministry of Transport, taking place in Moscow the same week. This enabled the prior organisation, on 19th November, of a successful roundtable discussion on "ITS and Road Safety" in the context of the Ministerial Conference.
Organised by the Syrian Ministry of Transport under the auspices of His Excellency the Prime Minister, the second International Road Conference was organised in Damascus from 10-12 November, 2009.
During the opening ceremony, H.E. Yarob Badr, the Syrian Transport Minister, highlighted the importance of the Conference as an opportunity to exchange knowledge and expertise with a view to empowering Road Transport Institutions to better confront key challenges in the domains of roads and traffic safety.
The Roads and Traffic Authority of New South Wales recently invited IRF's Director General, Sibylle Rupprecht, to make the opening keynote address at the 2009 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference - the most important road safety conference in Australia.
The event was opened by the Australian Minister of Transport, the Hon. David Campbell MP. It attracted more than 500 delegates from across Australia and overseas, and high calibre papers were presented.
The 10th Transportation Congress was held from 27 September and 1 October 2009 in Istanbul. The object of this congress was to ensure that our country figures among the 10 most developed countries in the world by the 100th anniversary of our republic. The Transportation Congress looked at all means of transport, air, rail, maritime and road.
Finding sustainable and alternative ways to move about in urban areas -- such as "humanpowered mobility" like cycling and walking -- was the topic of a workshop held outside Praguefrom 24-25 September 2009. Cycling and walking are examples of environmentally-friendly modes of transport that contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions in cities, have a low impact on urban congestion and are a boost to human health. National and local policies are needed to support walking and cycling as increasingly attractive and viable modes of urban mobility.
23 October 2009
IRF Environment Working Group meets in Geneva
Under the chairmanship of Dimitris Mandalozis, of Attikes Diadromes S.A. (Greece), the IRF Environment Working Group met in Geneva on 5th October 2009 to review progress and latest developments.
A successful joint session on ITS Supporting Policy Objectives, held during the ITS World Congress in Stockholm (21st to 25th September, 2009), was the outcome of fruitful cooperation between IRF and the ERTICO-hosted Network of National ITS Associations.
IRF Geneva is proud to announce that its Road Finance and ITS Programme Manager, Caroline Visser, was elected to the Management Committee of the International Benefits, Evaluation and Costs (IBEC) Working Group during IBEC’s Annual General Meeting held on Friday 25th September in Stockholm, Sweden.
22 October 2009
IRF Policy Committee on ITS meets during ITS World Congress
The IRF Policy Committee on ITS held it's latest meeting in Stockholm on 23rd September, 2009.
The Committee was set up in 2008 to raise the profile of ITS among high-level decision makers and generally promote the deployment of ITS as a tool for achieving key transport policy objectives.
India's Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Mr. Kamal Nath on September 23, 2009 launched the National Campaign for "Reduction of Road Fatalities" a joint initiative of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) and International Roads Federation (IRF), a Washington and Geneva based worldwide organization for advocacy for development of safe roads with members from 90 countries across six continents, at jam packed centrally located Stein Auditorium of India Habitat Centre (IHC) in New Delhi.
02 October 2009
IRF makes official statement at the UNECE WP.1 Roundtable
The Inland Transport Committee, WP.1 on Road Traffic Safety met at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, 22 – 25 September, 2009. In the agenda was included a Roundtable interactive day "Are we victims of development successes?" where delegates and experts debated on the issue that fatality rates due to road traffic crashes continue to rise despite the many actions that are already undertaken in the past few years to eliminate this epidemic. The discussion focused on four major aspects of improved road traffic safety: infrastructure development, safer vehicles, behavior, and enforcement.
18 September 2009
IRF makes keynote contribution to World Climate Conference
"Climate prediction and information for decision-making" was the theme of the World Climate Conference - 3 (WCC-3) held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 31st August to 4th September, 2009. The Conference, which brought together more than 2,000 international climate scientists, sectoral experts and decision-makers, notably established a comprehensive Global Framework for Climate Services “to strengthen production, availability, delivery and application of science-based climate prediction and services."
18 September 2009
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 theme of the working group is currently PPPs for Urban Road Networks. A series of case studies have been developed around this topic, and the working group is now gearing up to assess the results and publish its main findings, conclusions and follow up questions.
18 September 2009
IRF's Road Safety manager, Nathalie Pereira, participated in this seminar, which was organised by the Swiss Touring Club (TCS) on 2nd September in the Swiss capital, Berne.
Given alarming statistics that almost half of the casualties on Swiss roads end in fatalities, TCS is redoubling its efforts to improve the country’s road safety record.