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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.

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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.

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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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12 February 2010
Road Safety Campaign by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and IRF India Chapter

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.

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21 January 2010
IRF participates in the development of the Black Sea Ring Highway

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.

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15 January 2010
IRF concludes landmark Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Birmingham (UK)

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:

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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.

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01 December 2009
IRF attends the First Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Moscow

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.

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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.

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26 November 2009
IRF delivers a keynote address at the Second International Road Conference in Syria

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.

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09 November 2009
TEN-T Days: EU tightens up relationship with African countries

Organised in Naples on 21-22 October by the European Commission (EC), the Italian Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure and the Swedish Presidency of the European Union, the TEN-T Days 2009 notably aimed at stimulating reflection on future policy framework and at exploring ways to work more closely with African countries. The IRF was represented by Susanna Zammataro, Deputy Director General of the Geneva Programme Centre.

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05 November 2009
IRF Geneva takes part in the 4th Regional Conference on Accident Prevention: Road Safety Measures organized by the IRF India Chapter in New Delhi

On the 23rd of September 2009, IRF India Chapter jointly with the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, launched a National Campaign for the Reduction of Road Fatalities with a target of reducing road deaths by 50% in three years.  Following the launch, the 4th Regional Conference on Accident Prevention: Road Safety Measures, was organized in New Delhi with the aims to offer a forum for meaningful interaction amongst the various stakeholders of the region.

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03 November 2009
Highly successful IRF seminar in Cairo, addressing Road Safety and Public/Private Partnership

Road infrastructure representatives from all over the world gathered in Cairo on 12-13 October 2009 for a major Road Safety and Public/Private Partnership (PPP) Seminar organised by the International Road Federation (IRF).

The seminar, which was fully subscribed, attracted some 60 high-level international industry representatives interested in learning about the challenges facing the road sector today.

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02 November 2009
IRF invited to make keynote speech at major Road Safety Conference in Australia

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.

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23 October 2009
Sibylle Rupprecht invited to make a presentation at 10th Transportation Congress of Turkey

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.

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23 October 2009
The beauty of human-powered mobility: IRF participates at UNECE workshop promoting cycling and walking in cities

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.

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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.

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23 October 2009
IRF and Network of National ITS Associations convene prominent joint session on ITS Policy Objectives during Stockholm World Congress

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.

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23 October 2009
IRF's Caroline Visser elected member of IBEC Management Committee

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.

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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.

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