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02 July 2014
IRF side event at the Michelin Challenge Bibendum 2014

Building the future today is one of the main priorities of the next Michelin Challenge Bibendum which will take place in Chengdu, China on 11-16 November 2014. IRF will be present in the official programme with a side event on “The Future of Urban Mobility” organized jointly with other international stakeholders.

01 July 2014
50 Years of World Road Statistics

Launched at the end of 2013, the IRF 50th Anniversary Edition of the WRS is the most updated data compilation of the full 12 year period of 2000-2011. This special edition has received resounding support and testimonials from the international community and is now published in two attractive volumes and a CD-ROM with Excel files.


23 June 2014
UNECE embarks on developing standards for Public-Private Partnerships

The Team of Specialists on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is embarking on a process of developing global standards for PPPs. The Team was convened for a meeting in the UN Palace in Geneva on 23rd and 24th of June.

18 June 2014
Discussing innovation in procurement at the ERF symposium

The European Road Federation (ERF) organized in Brussels on 18th June a symposium to discuss Future Road Infrastructure Challenges. IRF was represented by Susanna Zammataro (IRF) and Marisa Cruz (Evonik AG) and shared experience on innovation and procurement, two key themes in the work of the IRF Environment Committee.

17 June 2014
IRF ITS Policy Committee creates new momentum in Helsinki

The IRF welcomed a wide representation of the ITS sector at the meeting of its Policy Committee on 17 June. The Committee meeting was organised in conjunction with the ITS in Europe Congress in Helsinki, Finland, on 16-19 June.

16 June 2014
EU ITS Advisory Group meets in Helsinki

Chaired by the newly appointed Director General of Mobility & Transport (DG MOVE) at the European Commission, Mr Joăo Aguiar Machado, the EU ITS Advisory Group was convened for an informal meeting on 16 June, in conjunction with the 2014 ITS in Europe Congress in Helsinki. The Advisory Group is composed of major international ITS-industry representatives and advises the EC on the implementation of the EU ITS Directive. IRF is represented in the Group by Mrs Caroline Visser, ITS director.

22 May 2014
IRF General Assembly & Board of Directors meet in Paris and firm up venue and dates of the next IRF World Meeting

The IRF held its annual Statutory Meetings in Paris on 16th April 2014. Besides reviewing activities and plan for the year to come, the gathering provided an opportunity to firm up the venue and dates of the next IRF World Meeting.  This major event will be held at New Delhi, the capital of India on 14-17 November 2017.

15 May 2014
IRF and FIA Seminar in Paris energises discussion on safe and sustainable roads

IRF and the Fédération Internationale Automobile (FIA) jointly organized a seminar on Road Safety, Sustainable Development and Financing on Thursday 17 April, one week after the UN adopted its latest resolution on “Improving global road safety”. The seminar was hosted by FIA at their headquarters in Paris and brought together a distinguished panel of international speakers.

15 May 2014
IRF Road Safety Group of Experts reviews implementation of 2014 Action Plan

The meeting of the IRF Group of Experts on Road Safety took place in Paris on 16 April in conjunction with the IRF Statutory Meetings and IRF-FIA Seminar Road Safety, Sustainable Development and Financing. The main objective of the meeting was to bring together members to review progress in implementing the 2014 Action Plan and discuss new initiatives for 2014.

15 May 2014
Key Performance Indicators for ITS policy red thread during meeting of the IRF Policy Committee on ITS

In conjunction with the IRF Statutory meetings, the IRF Policy Committee on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) met in Paris on Wednesday 16 April.
The agenda of the meeting featured an update on current ITS deployment and policy issues in the host country, France.

15 May 2014
New chairman of the IRF Road Financing Committee takes up the call for sustainable funding for roads

The IRF Statutory meetings in Paris on 16th of April provided the occasion for the IRF Road Financing & Economics Committee to hold its 6th working meeting. IRF Chairman Mr Kiran Kapila introduced Mr Joseph Haule, Roads Fund Manager from Tanzania, as the new committee chair. Mr Haule takes over the role from Mrs Vilrid Femoen, who has left the Norwegian Road Federation to join the Norwegian Public Roads Administration in April 2014.

15 May 2014
IRF @ the International Transport Forum Statistics Meeting

Organized by the International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD in Paris on 10-11 April 2014, the meeting aimed at debating a series of issues related to transport statistics and how to develop a more consistent and efficient international framework in this field, by promoting exchange between experts from different countries and organizations. IRF Geneva was represented by its statistics & data specialist, Cristian Gonzalez, who was invited to discuss the quality and coverage of inland transport statistics.

15 May 2014
The IRF Environment Committee calls for new case studies

Released in Geneva on 11 December, in the framework of the IRF Summit “Bringing Policy and Practice Together”, the publication “Moving Towards Green Road Infrastructure: Case Studies and Lessons Learned” marked the fulfillment of the goal the IRF Environment Committee had set for itself in terms of tools to be developed to elucidate the stand of the Federation and its members, when it comes to roads and environment. The IRF Environment Committee now calls for new case studies to be added to the publication.

15 May 2014
Decade of Action Policy & Donor Forum: IRF Chairman calls for greater collaboration amongst organizations involved in Road Safety

Hosted in Melbourne, the Decade of Action Policy & Donor Forum 2014, provided an excellent opportunity to celebrate the anniversary of the launch of the Decade of Action for Road Safety and to assess progress.  IRF Chairman, Mr Kiran K. Kapila was invited to address this distinguished audience of Road Safety champions.

15 May 2014
In New York for UNRSC meeting and debate on new UN Road Safety Resolution

The Road Safety community met in New York on 10th April for the United Nations Road Safety Collaboration (UNRSC) group meeting and the debate in the UN General Assembly on a new Road Safety Resolution. The International Road Federation was represented by Susanna Zammataro who serves, within UNRSC, as co-chair of the project group dedicated to Safer Roads and Mobility.

15 May 2014
IRF General Assembly & Board of Directors meet in Paris and firm up venue and dates of the next IRF World Meeting

The IRF held its annual Statutory Meetings in Paris on 16th April 2014. Besides reviewing activities and plan for the year to come, the gathering provided an opportunity to firm up the venue and dates of the next IRF World Meeting.  This major event will be held at New Delhi, the capital of India on 14-17 November 2017.

25 April 2014
IRF announces dates of the 18th World Meeting: New Delhi, 14-17 November 2017

The Executive Committee and the Board of IRF at their annual Statutory Meeting held in Paris on 16th April 2014 have firmed up the venue and dates of the next IRF World Meeting. This major event will be held at New Delhi, the capital of India from 14-17 November 2017. 

30 January 2014
Transport : Working for a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)

In June 2012, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) agreed to launch a process to develop a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that can be used to pursue focused and coherent action on sustainable development after ratification by the UN General Assembly. An Open Working Group (OWG),is presently working on this and will submit a report to the 68th Session of the General Assembly.Transport needs to be included in this, for which the industry needs to mobilise opinion, urgently.The transport industry needs the highest priority in funding and project implementation for sustainable development.

16 January 2014
Conspicuity Drive for Cyclists: IRF IC’s Unique Initiative for Road Safety of Vulnerable Users

Road accident deaths in India number the highest in the world. Among these, a very vulnerable segment of road users is constituted of cyclists and in 2011, 6,824 cyclists are estimated to have died in accidents across India. Many of these deaths are attributable to poor road visibility of cyclists. Needless to say, apart from the social trauma caused by these fatalities, the economic loss as a result of the loss of valuable lives is enormous.

14 January 2014
Fleet Forum and IRF to conduct training courses and workshops on Fleet Management

Fleet Forum and the International Road Federation, Geneva Programme Centre have entered into a three year agreement to conduct training courses and workshops on Fleet Management.

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