The Chairman, the Board and Executive Committee of the International Road Federation in Geneva are deeply saddened by the loss of Manfred Swarovski, who passed away peacefully at the age of 77 on 13 May 2018.
08 May 2018
In Memoriam of Tony Pearce
It is with profound sadness that we share today the news of the passing away of Anthony Pearce, former IRF Director General (Geneva).
The International Road Federation (Geneva) hosted three workshops at Intertraffic 2018 in collaboration with Swarco, Evonik and PTV.
Members of the consortium of the EU-funded SaferAfrica project met in Athens on 24-27 April 2018 to discuss advancements and to present first results to the Management Board. IRF (Geneva) who is a member of the consortium shared its experience on data collection during the dedicated workshop held jointly with the Management Board. Representatives from the African Development Bank, UNECA, SSATP/World Bank, FIA, WHO, IRTAD, IRU, PIARC were also present to address the issue of data in Africa and the specific needs of the African countries when it comes to implementing the Action Plan of the Decade.
IRF’s (Geneva) longstanding partnership and collaboration with China Highways and Transportation Society (CHTS) and with the Government of China will be at centre stage again this year at the World Transport Convention 2018 to be hosted in Beijing from 18 to 21 June. Hosted by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), organized by China Highway & Transportation Society (CHTS), and with the support of the Ministry of Transport (MOT), Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) the 2017 edition of the World Transport Convention (WTC) was an indisputable success. WTC 2018 wishes to push forward the innovation and development of the transport industry, and further promote the international exchange and cooperation in this field, especially the transport infrastructure connectivity among the countries along the Belt and Road.
IRF (Geneva) is pleased to support for the third year the Evonik Road Safety Award. Granted every year, the Evonik Road Safety Award acknowledges and rewards the contributions to road safety of public authorities worldwide.
30 April 2018
IRF (Geneva) to support Qatar on its recycling strategy
The Pavement Preservation and Recycling Summit (PPRS) 2018 in Nice (26 - 28 March 2018) set the scene for the signature of an important MoU between Ashghal, the Qatari Public Works Authority and the International Road Federation (Geneva). Ashghal’s participation in the summit was part of its endeavour to open opportunities for cooperation and investment in the road sector and recycling of construction materials.
The Road Safety community gathered in New York on 12-13 April for the launch of a new United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund. The new UN Fund is intended to catalyse road safety action across the globe, using donations to help unlock new government and municipal funding and re-focus national road safety budgets towards proven ‘Safe System’ interventions.
30 April 2018
Join the IRF Young Professionals Programme!
The IRF Young Professionals (IRF YP) is a platform for the next generation of leaders and specialists in the road and mobility sector to propose initiatives, share ideas and be engaged in the overall activities of IRF. IRF-YP gathers proactive graduate students enrolled in a Master or Ph.D. programme as well as young professionals working in the sector. Building on the IRF’s vast network and expertise, the Programme has as its mission to present the road and mobility sectors as a multidisciplinary area for development for young professionals from various backgrounds.
26 April 2018
Sponsorship Opportunity - IRF World Road Statistics 2018
Every year since 1964, the International Road Federation (IRF) has been publishing the World Road Statistics (WRS), the most complete and authoritative source of data for the road sector. The WRS 2018 will be released by August 2018. This Edition will include updated data for the years 2011-2016. Over 200 countries will be included with key data on Road Networks, Road Expenditures & Revenues, Road Traffic, Multimodal Traffic Comparisons, Road Accidents, Vehicles in Use, Vehicles Industry (Production, Imports, Exports and First Registration) and Energy Prices.
27 February 2018
Strengthening partnership with World Bank on SuM4All Initiative
With the signing of the Consortium Charter in Washington DC last January, IRF Geneva has formalised its involvement in the Sustainable Mobility for All Initiative (SuM4All). Led by the World Bank, the SuM4All is a multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to reshape the global mobility agenda through advocacy, action, and financing. SuM4All brings together a diverse and high-level group of stakeholders which includes: Multilateral Developments Banks, United Nations Agencies, Programs, and Regional Commissions, Bilateral donor organizations.
With the signing of the Consortium Charter last week in Washington DC, IRF Geneva has formalised its involvement in the Sustainable Mobility for All Initiative (SuM4All). Led by the World Bank, the SuM4All is a multi-stakeholder partnership that aims to reshape the global mobility agenda through advocacy, action, and financing. SuM4All brings together a diverse and high-level group of stakeholders which includes: Multilateral Developments Banks, United Nations Agencies, Programs, and Regional Commissions, Bilateral donor organizations.
Niti Aayog will form a 17-member panel that will also comprise representatives from ministries, states and the industry to explore, study and suggest steps to bring in an intelligent transport system for roads, an official familiar with the development told Moneycontrol.
The International Road Federation (IRF Geneva & IRF India) has received the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award 2017 for its Enhanced First Aid Programme. The prize was handed over to the IRF Chairman, Mr Kiran Kapila and Mrs Susanna Zammataro, IRF Executive Director at a special ceremony held at The Savoy in London on Tuesday 12 December in the presence of His Royal Highness, Prince Michael of Kent.
Organised by the International Road Federation (IRF Geneva) the day before the official opening of the 18th edition of the IRF World Meeting, a Transport Ministers Forum was held in Delhi, India on 13th November 2017. Highlighting how rise in road accidents is increasing burden on healthcare in low and middle-income countries including India, Union health minister J P Nadda said about 48% of hospital beds in surgical wards are occupied by road traffic injury patients in these countries.
19 September 2017
Asia Quenches its Thirst for Infrastructure
Last May, President Xi Jinping welcomed 28 heads of state and government to Beijing to celebrate the “Belt and Road” initiative, an ambitious plan in terms of infrastructure development, but also in terms of foreign policy. Launched in 2013 as “One belt, One road”, it involves China underwriting billions of dollars of infrastructure investment in countries along the old Silk Road linking it with Europe.
For more than 50 years, Evonik – the inventor of MMA cold plastic road markings - has been at the forefront in efforts to improve road safety and disseminate best practices. Building up on the success of the first edition last year, EVONIK will again select and award this year a public authority for its efforts in improving road safety. The winner of this award will be selected by an independent jury consisting of international road safety experts.