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.
18 September 2009
4th African Transportation Technology Transfer Conference
This conference was hosted by the Roads Authority of Namibia, in partnership with the Association of Southern African National Roads Agencies and the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP). The United States Department of Transport, the US Federal Transit Association and the Federal Highway Administration also supported the event, which was convened in Windhoek, Namibia, from 31st August to 4th September, 2009.
The theme for this year's annual ITS World Congress is "Intelligent Transport Systems in daily life", demonstrating the presence and importance of ITS in everyday mobility. ITS is the link between travellers, vehicles and infrastructure and can bring significant benefits to society.
IRF Geneva will be present at the World Congress with two key events:
Sustainable transport was the theme of this year's South African Transport Conference (SATC) held in association with the Transportation Research Board of the U.S. National Academies. Around 600 delegates active in the transport sector came together at the CSIR International Convention Centre from 6-9 July for the 28th edition of SATC.
The Verbier Green Pioneering Summit (GPS) was held on 2nd August 2009
in Verbier, a well-known mountain and ski resort in Switzerland.
Against this idyllic setting, high level experts gathered to discuss ways of re-establishing the vital equilibrium between economic, social and environmental values, with a special focus on communities.
07 July 2009
Visiting an IRF Member
Sibylle Rupprecht, attending the UN Road Safety Collaboration Meeting, hosted by UNESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand, took the opportunity to visit the IRF member, Road Association of Thailand (RATH).
07 July 2009
10th UN Road Safety Collaboration Meeting
Sibylle Rupprecht attended the 10th UN Road Safety Collaboration Meeting hosted by UNESCAP in Bangkok, Thailand. IRF is one of the core partners of the collaboration group and within this group chairs the Working Group on Infrastructure.
IRF was invited to make a presentation at the workshop for setting regional and national road traffic casualty reduction targets held in Minsk, Republic of Belarus, on 12-14 May. This workshop,organised by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) and hosted by the Government of the Republic of Belarus, was the first of a series of workshops on target setting funded by the United Nations Development Account (UNDA).
25 June 2009
Global Road Safety Partnership 10th Annual Meeting
IRF was one of the participants present at GRSP's 10 year Anniversary meeting. Among the present participants were public health officials, civil society groups, industry leaders and road safety specialist from around the globe. The event took place at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies headquarters in Geneva.
During the International Transport Forum, held in Leipzig, Germany, from 25th to 29th May, Caroline Visser from IRF Geneva took part as a panellist in a high-level workshop on Strategic Transport Infrastructure Planning & Financing. Moderated by Lord Gus MacDonald, former UK Transport Minister and current chairman of Macquarie Capital (Europe), the workshop panellists discussed how to stimulate the economy through transport investments, the role of economic appraisal in prioritising investments and the respective roles of public finance, private finance and public private partnerships (PPP). The objective of the workshop was to formulate key messages for the Ministerial Session taking place a day later on Thursday 28th May.
The International Road Federation and the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) hosted a highly successful international Senior Road Executive Programme from 21st to 23rd May, 2009. The 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 finance techniques, once back in their own countries.
Around the theme "Transport for a Global Economy: Challenges and Opportunities in the Downturn", the 2009 International Transport Forum (ITF), was convened this year in Leipzig, in the presence of 52 government Ministers and top business leaders from around the world. The International Road Federation (IRF) was actively involved in the debates (see report below by Caroline Visser on one of the panel discussions), and also prominently represented throughout the forum from its information booth.
The IRF was cordially invited to take part in the working group meeting held at the BSEC Headquarters in Istanbul, Turkey from 12-13 February 2009. This meeting was attended by delegates representing BSEC member states, NGO’s and International Organizations. The Working Group on Transport meeting was chaired by the representative of the Republic of Armenia, who holds currently the presidency of the BSEC, and addressed by the Secretary General of BSEC PERMIS.